Black Satellites coach Orlando Wellington is convinced his national U-20 side can emulate the 2009 world champions and earn Ghana more glory as they begin the defence of their title.
The Satellites beat Namibia 4-0 in the first leg of their African Youth Championships qualifier for the tournament due to take place in Libya. That tournament will also serve as the qualifier for the World Youth Championships later next year.
Wellington was assistant to Sellas Tetteh when Ghana won both the African title and the World Cup in a highly successful year and says he has seen enough of the 2011 group to believe they can achieve similar success.
“We worked very hard and achieved success with Sellas last year, he said. It was just like family. If we can maintain the same discipline we can do well, follow up and do what the team did last year. I am very sure about that.”
Wellington and his team have a hard act to follow though. The 2009 group won three titles namely the West African, African and world titles to become the most successful national U-20 side in history.
It came on the back of two final finishes at the world youth championships in 1993 and 2001 and two titles at the African level.