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Ghana confident of brushing aside Benin in U20 Afcon qualifying

19:47 EAT 03/08/2018
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Black Satellites coach Jimmy Cobblah talks about his team's preparedness for Saturday's fixture

Ghana coach Jimmy Cobblah is optimistic about their chances of securing a convincing win in the 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifier against Benin on Saturday. 

The Black Satellites are set to host their West African neighbours in the third round first leg encounter at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium. 

Initially slated for last month, the game has had to be moved to August due to troubles of the Ghana Football Association following a recent corruption scandal. All local official matches and competitions, including the Ghana Premier League, have been suspended indefinitely. 

“The situation [readiness of the team] was very bad when we started [camping] because there was no football in the country," Cobblah said. 

"We kept pushing them and now I can assure you that they are very ready for victory.

“Ghanaians should look out for victory, we are sure we will be victorious.

“I am not sure about the number of goals because we are not prophets, and that is in the hands of God, but I can assure you that we will win."

Whereas Benin beat Gambia 3-2 on aggregate to progress from the second round, Ghana edged Algeria 2-0 over two legs to make the final qualifying phase.

The Black Satellites are hoping to return to the Afcon after missing out in the previous edition held in Zambia last year. 

Seven teams have already secured places at the tournament to be hosted by Niger.