We stopped Ivory Coast from playing - Black Starlets coach Karim Zito

By Haruna Mubarak
We stopped stop Ivory Coast from playing - Black Starlets Starlets coach Karim Zito
We stopped stop Ivory Coast from playing - Black Starlets Starlets coach Karim Zito

Black Starlets head coach, Karim Zito has revealed that his strategy of stopping the Ivorians from their possessive football worked to perfection in the ongoing WAFU U-17 Zone B championship.

The Black Starlets of Ghana showed their mettle after coming from a goal down to beat Ivory Coast 2-1 in the semi-finals of the WAFU U-17 Zone B championship.

Ghanaians were wary of Ivory Coast's possession style of play, however, Coach Karim Zito found the solution

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"I saw their quality so I had to stop them from playing before I can play so what I did was trapping and getting free. I trapped them to stop them from playing and to stop them from thinking, then we started playing," he said in the post-match interview.

"Definitely, I will not get it the way you are seeing it because when you are playing a good team, you have to strategize, plan how to play against the good and bad side of the team."

"I saw they can posses, they are all skillful players. So, to be honest with you, I thought of what to do! I had to stop them from playing before I start to play. So that was what I meant by trapping and getting free. I trapped to get the ball and start to play," he concluded.

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Goals from Taufiq Shaibu and Umar secured the 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast after suffering a setback from Seydou Traore.