U-20 WC: Ghana will go far - Satellites captain Lawrence Lartey

The 19-year-old believes the Black Satellites can go very far at the Under-20 World Cup after beating Portugal 3-2 to reach the quarter-finals
Black Satellites captain Lawrence Lartey says win over Portugal in Monday’s round of 16 encounter will spur them on to reach far at the tournament.

Portugal went into the match as favourites after a better campaign at the group stages than the 2009 champions.

But Sellas Tetteh’s men looked more determined to take advantage of the lifeline they had after reaching the knockout stage by picking one of the slots available to the four best third-placed teams.

“We knew that Bruma was very quick and dangerous and that we couldn’t afford to give him any space,” Lartey told Fifa.com. “That’s why we tried to keep two players close to him, so that he couldn’t go for goal the way he likes and it paid off.”

“The party will go on. We are happy and full of enthusiasm. We are confident we can even go further,” the AshantiGold defender added.

Ghana will face Chile in the quarter-finals on Sunday.