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The Ghana Under-20 team skipper is optimistic they can qualify for the world cup as they embark on a journey to Italy and Spain

The captain of the Black Satellites, Lawrence Lartey, admits the Africa Youth Championship will be very tough looking at the opponents in their group.

Ghana have been paired with hosts Algeria, Benin and Egypt. However, Lartey says the team is modest with their target which is to qualify to the world cup in Turkey even though he will not rule out the team’s ability to win the championship in Algeria.

The Ashantigold defender told GBC Ura Radio Sports in Bolgatanga that the team will be hoping to repeat the achievement of the 2009 team who won both the Africa and World U20 cups that same year.

“When you look at our group, it is a very difficult group, especially playing against two north Africa teams,” Lartey said. “But we are not afraid of any side and will go on to the field of play to give out our best for the nation with the hope of qualifying to the world cup.”

He added: “Even though we will also have our eyes fixed on repeating what the 2009 team did when they won the trophy at Rwanda, I will also ask Ghanaians to pray for us, so that we will not record injuries in camp before and during the tournament.”

The team left Ghana last night to Italy and are expected to come up against the youth sides of Serie B team Novara and AC Milan before moving to Spain where they will play a Barcelona team B side in preparations for the Africa U20 championship in Algeria from March  16-30, 2013.

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