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Ghana coach praises 'vintage' show

By Matthew Kenyon
BBC Sport, Cairo

Ghana captain Dede Ayew
Ghana's Dede Ayew celebrates scoring the second goal against England

Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh has praised his Black Satellites squad for turning in a "vintage performance" against England in the Under-20 World Cup on Tuesday.

The 4-0 win in Ismailia made sure of a place in the next round for Ghana.

They are the first African team to secure a spot in the next phase.

"Well I felt quite satisfied," Tetteh told the BBC's African sports programme Fast Track.

"It was a vintage performance by all standards.

"I think if we keep going like this - if we stay focused like this, our team will be a difficult team to beat.

"But we have to be very careful - as we look stronger and stronger, the other teams look stronger and stronger too."

The coach pinpointed a sluggish start as a potential problem for Ghana.

"We have to strengthen our weak points - we had a few weak points today. So we work on that and see how it goes in the third game," Tetteh said.

That is against Uruguay on Friday and the winner will finish top of Group D with maximum points.

And he had huge praise for captain Dede Ayew - who scored a magnificent goal on Tuesday against England.

"It's lovely to see a player like that - energetic, skill wise superb - he gives out everything, I'm proud that he's part of the team.

"He had a very good day and I think he's good for the team.

Ghana may be sure of going through to the knock-out phase - but coach Tetteh is wary of his team now being touted as potential champions.

"I'm not a soothsayer and I don't like predictions," he said.

"I'm just concerned in working on the team seriously and conscientiously. We have to be very focused and we will do our best."

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see also
Ghana hand thrashing to England
29 Sep 09 |  African
Ghana beat Uzbekistan 2-1
27 Sep 09 |  African
2009 Under-20 World Cup
26 Sep 09 |  African

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