The Rolling Rocket will lock horns with their Nigerian counterparts on Saturday in a game that is expected to renew the rivalry between Ghana and Nigeria.
Speaking after their final training session on Sunday, December 3, 2017, coach Kotey remarked that his players are in a better shape than they were the last time they came up against the same opposition and are determined to get one over them.
Coach Kotey, while expressing optimism, also cautioned his side to eschew complacency and go into the game with a ‘must-win’ mentality.
“We have beaten Nigeria before so we know the team very well. We are playing better than we used to due to the regular training sessions we’ve been holding. The Binatone partnership has motivated the guys to come for training every week and that has been helpful. The Nigerians started skate soccer before us and are very good, but I’m sure that we will beat them. We are going to beat them as we did in the first game because we are in a better shape now. We are going into the game with a must-win spirit and I believe luck will shine on us”, he said.
The match is under the auspices of the International Federation of Skate Soccer (IFSS), an NGO committed to the development of the physically challenged members of the society (particularly polio victims) through sports, in collaboration with Binatone.
The IFSS, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), is also committed to the development of the physically challenged, especially polio victims, through sports in Africa.
To the IFSS, the ultimate goal of the NGO was to support these physically challenged individuals to play the game at the highest level and participate in the Paralympics, and that they would institute a Global Polio Fund, which would cater for polio victims in Africa and the other parts of the World. Early this year, Ghana beat Togo 5-1 in an international friendly match played at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Meanwhile, a 27-member contingent of 18 players and 9 officials are scheduled to leave Ghana tomorrow for the game on Saturday.