Ghana coach Samuel Fabin expects a tough challenge from the fellow Africans

U.S's Timm Weah celebrates a goal against Paraguay during their FIFA U-17 World Cup match in New Delhi, India, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

Vastavam web: Tournament debutants Niger have developed self-belief to do well, feels Ghana coach Samuel Fabin, who expects a tough challenge from the fellow Africans in tomorrow’s pre-quarterfinal game of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup here.”It’s going to be tough definitely. They also have the belief. It will be a difficult match. We know each other well so well, so it’s going to be a bit difficult and tricky. But we will see it through,” said Fabin on the eve of the match at the D Y Patil Stadium.

“We played two friendlies against Ghana before African Nations Cup and lost both of them 0-2. We learnt from them and when we met them in the tournament (semi final stage) we held them 0-0 and then lost on penalties (5-6). We are hoping for a victory,” said the Niger coach.Ghana coach Fabin said nothing should be taken for granted as teams like Paraguay which had won all its matches in the preliminary stage, lost badly in the round of 16 on Monday.”Look at what is happening in the round of 16. Take for example Paraguay who won all their matches but look at yesterday. (Paraguay lost 0-5 to USA). You have to be prepared and play at your best,” he said.

Defender Bismarck Owusu Terry said confidently that Ghana, which won the title in 1991 and 1995 and had reached four out of five finals in the 1990s, will go all out for victory and will achieve it too.”The coach tells us you can do it and go all out for a win. That’s what we are going to do,” he said Ghana have been lucky not to be distracted by scouts from clubs worldwide, said Fabin.We are fortunate but I don’t know about other teams. So far there have been no distractions.” Niger coach Tiemoko was of the opinion that the mental aspect would play a huge role in the game.