The Ivorians were unable to play – Karim Zito


The coach of the Black Starlets of Ghana, Abdul Karim Zito said that his approach to stopping Ivory Coast from playing their possessive football was effective as his team reach the finals of the WAFU U-17 Zone B championship.

The Black Starlets came from a goal down to beat Ivory Coast 2-1 in the semifinal to face rivals Nigeria in the final. Ivory Coast trashed Burkina Faso 3-0 and were known for their possessive style of play but Zito says he had an antidote with which he used to take Ghana to the final.

“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,”

“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 possess, 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 declared in an interview.