Assifuah: Black Satellites have exhausted their luck

The striker says the 2009 champions have “used up all our luck” and the semi-finals against France would be won if the defenders remain vigilant
Ghana Under-20 sensation Ebenezer Assifuah has warned that the Black Satellites can no longer rely on luck to win games at the 2013 U20 World Cup.

The 2009 champions have reached the semi-finals of the U20 World Cup under dramatic and sometimes puzzling circumstances, and the Liberty Professionals lad has conceded such luck will not come again.

Assifuah, who grabbed the headlines with his 121st-minute goal against Chile in the quarter-finals, has appealed to his defenders to keep on the watch as they face France on Wednesday in the last-four stage.

“We lost our first two matches at the tournament, but still made it through thanks to a big win over USA," Assifuah said in a post-match interview.  

“We came from behind against Portugal in the Round of 16, and now we've beaten Chile, even though they were in the lead. Believe me, we're bursting with confidence at the moment.”

He stated: “Morale is soaring, and you can understand that. But I want to warn against us thinking we can rely on always turning games around.

“If we start believing we can allow ourselves to fall behind again, we'd be completely wrong. We've used up all our luck. There's no way we can keep on conceding goals and let our opponents to take the lead.”

Assifuah, who is a second-joint top scorer in the competition with four goals to his credit, believes they can repeat the 2009 feat.

“We can win the World Cup, but things have to change in terms of letting in goals."