The Federation of International Football Association and Confederation of Africa Football (FIFA/CAF) Liaison Team, has commended the national under-20 men's team, the Black Satellites, for their impressive 3-1 over their opponents from in the first leg encounter of the 2019 Africa Youth Championship qualifier last Saturday at the Cape Coast Stadium.
The Black Satellites demonstrated their resilence in last Saturday's encounter after coming back from a goal down to record a significant win against Junior Squirrels, which boosted their chances of progression ahead of next week return leg.
A statement issued by the spokesperson of the FIFA/ CAF Liaison team, Mr. Dan Kwaku Yeboah, showered praises on the team and urged them to focus on securing the ultimate ticket to the African Youth Championship to hosted by Niger.
"The FIFA/ CAF Liaison Team congratulates the technical team and the playing body of the Black Satellites for a performance, that saw you fight from a goal down to defeat Benin 3-1 at the Cape Coast Stadium.
"You displayed a strong physical and mental effort and advertised your ability to bring honour to yourselves and mother Ghana. You fought gallantly to lift aloft the flag of Ghana and we salute you.
"We encourage you to make the second leg a walk in the park on August 12, 2018 in Benin. To qualify for the Africa Youth Championship in Niger 2019 is the ultimate goal.
"The government and people of Ghana are solidly behind you. The Liaison Team is indebted to the Ministry of Youth and Sports for encouraging supporters to throng the Stadium," the statement read.
The statement further went to encourage the Black Princesses who despite losing the first match against France demonstrated a sense of fighting spirit as they assured them of support going into the next round of matches.
"Whilst congratulating the Black Satellites, we acknowledge and encourage our valiant Black Princesses who lost their first game against France.
"Opening games against host countries have always been difficult. The Liaison team therefore wishes to encourage the Princesses not to give up but continue to fight to pick a place in the group.
“From a group comprising Netherlands, New Zealand, France and Ghana, it is possible that you can qualify beyond the group stage for the first time to make mother Ghana proud. We entreat all Ghanaians to support the Princesses in prayers.