Niger coach Soumaila Tiemogo claims his side have learnt their lessons ahead of the Africa U-17 Cup of Nations semi-finals against Ghana in Gabon.
On Wednesday, in the city of Port Gentil, the Black Starlets, who topped group A after picking seven points, will face Niger, who defeated Tanzania to finish second in group B.
The meeting will be a repeat of the preparatory matches that took place in Accra last month between both teams, with Ghana winning both fixtures 2-0 each.
“It has been a very long time since we achieved something like this and we thank God for reaching the semi-finals as well as the World Cup,” Tiemogo said.
“The authorities invested in these boys and this has paid off. Our people have so much faith in this team and I’m happy that we did not disappoint them.
“It is true that Ghana is a very good side but we are at the same level now by reaching the semi-finals along with them. Fortunately, we played Ghana and lost to them twice in Accra before coming to Gabon so this will guide us well when we meet in the semi-finals and hopefully defeat them too,” he added.
Goal understand that Caf have moved Ghana team to a new hotel after three players were diagnosed with Malaria.