Pressure was on Senegal U20, says coach Joseph Koto

Pressure was on Senegal U20, says coach Joseph Koto
Senegal U-20 coach Joseph Koto

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Mar 10, 2017. 17:00

Senegal coach Joseph Koto praised their opponents Guinea after reaching the 2017 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final on Thursday night.

Koto's side edged out Guinea's Young National Elephants 1-0 thanks to Aliou Badji's first-half goal at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, Zambia.

As a result Senegal's Young Lions of Teranga will face off with tournament hosts, Zambia in the final at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka on Sunday.

"It was a difficult match and there was too much pressure on players. The penalty we missed also contributed to the pressure on us and it boosted the confidence of the Guineans," Koto told CAF Media.

"Guinea played well and gave us a good run for our money. The Guineans were very tactical and this compelled us to look for an alternative to counter them.

"It is always the duty of the coach to analyse the coach and deploy the best tactic and as well capitalise on the weakness of the opponent," he added.

"Now that we are in the final, our objective is to win the trophy. I have forgotten about 2015, where we lost in the final (at home to Nigeria).

"It is history now. It will be a game between the best teams in the tournament so far, Senegal and Zambia. In football, you win or lose, but our hope is to beat Zambia."

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