We believed in ourselves - Victorious Black Satellites coach Karim Zito

Coach of the newly crowned U-20 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions, Abdul Karim Zito has attributed the success of the team to the unity and self-belief of his charges.

According to Zito, many people did not trust his players but he instilled discipline and confidence in them.

“It is about the mental toughness of the team and the discipline in me and the boys. I have a good relationship with the boys to the extent that one might not know who is the coach in the team.

“We work together, we joke together, we do everything together. There is unity in the team and I told them to trust themselves and not to listen to people outside. I told them to believe in themselves that they can do it and we did it”, the coach added.

The Black Satellites defeated their Ugandan counterparts 2-0 in Mauritania to conquer the continent for the fourth time and the victory was even sweeter for the people of Ghana who celebrated their 64th Independence Day.

And this was succinctly noted by Ghana's new Youth and Sports Minister, Mustapha Ussif who welcomed the victorious Black Satellites back into the country after winning the tournament.

On behalf of the country, Hon. Ussif congratulated the team for lifting the flag of Ghana high by winning the competition and also giving the nation a perfect Independence Day gift.

“On behalf of his excellency the president and the people I welcome you and congratulate you for lifting the flag of Ghana high on the global map”.

“ Three weeks ago, you left this country empty-handed but today you have returned with a trophy and gold medals. This is a befitting Independence Anniversary gift”.

“The President is so proud and excited about what you have done and he can’t wait to receive you at the Jubilee House”, the Minister stated.
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