I am not pleasing anyone with my U-20 call-up – Coach Karim Zito

Published on: 31 August 2020

Black Satellites head coach, Abdul Karim Zito has insisted he is not pleasing anyone after calling 70 players for Black Satellites camping.

A total of 70 players have been handed a call up to the camp of Ghana's U-20 team to begin preparations for WAFU 'B' U-20 qualification tournament to be staged in Togo later this year.

After a week in camp, another batch of 70 players would be invited to camp as coach Karim Zito and his assistant Evans Augustine Adotey continue the pre-selection exercise.

The call up have been questioned by stakeholders especially with teh crisis we find ourselves.

"I did a wide scouting for the team and I consulted other national coaches who have coached the team before I named the squad,” he said.

"I was asked to justify the call-up and I did that and the Ghana Football Association [GFA] were pleased so I don't think there should be any problem.

"I understand the situation but this is the right way to go," he added.

Quizzed if he is pleasing clubs, the veteran trainer said, "Not every team were able to give me a player because not all of them have U-20 team.

"I am not pleasing any club because I did not call players from Aduana Stars and other clubs.

"A proper scouting was done and these are the players we selected.

Karim Zito also stressed that even though the players will be tested for Covid-19 on arrival but does not think it’s a financial loss to the state.

"I don't think it’s a financial loss to the state because we are entitled to play the tournament and we must do the test regardless.

"The health of the players must paramount and testing 70 players with team officials should not be a problem for me," he added.

Invited Players have been divided into two groups( 70 players in each group) to ensure that all players identified for the pre-selection process undergo the mandatory COVID-19 testing which would be conducted twice at the GFA Technical centre.

All players, technical staff and essential service providers will be tested upon arrival.

The team started camping on Friday, August 28, 2020.