Ghana coach Paa Kwesi Fabin has cautioned the Black Starlets against complacency saying their last 16 opponents Niger have developed self-belief to do well.
The gaffer expects a tough challenge from the fellow Africans in their pre-quarterfinal game of the Fifa Under-17 World Cup at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Wednesday.
Niger qualified from the group stage as one of the best third-placed teams while Ghana won their group but does not mean a walkover for his side, says the trainer.
“It’s going to be tough definitely. They also have the belief. It will be a difficult match.
“We know each other well so well, so it’s going to be a bit difficult and tricky. But we will see it through,” said Fabin on the eve of the match.
He then noted that nothing should be taken for granted as teams like Paraguay which had won all its matches in the preliminary stage, lost badly in the round of 16 on Monday.
“Look at what is happening in the round of 16. Take for example Paraguay who won all their matches but look at yesterday. (Paraguay lost 0-5 to USA). You have to be prepared and play at your best,” he said.
He also conceded that the expectations in Ghana were quite high.
“The expectations at home are huge. Any tournament we enter, they expect us to win. We try to do our best,” said the coach of the team, which had lost 0-1 to Mali in the continental finals to finish runner-up.
The Ghana-Niger game kicks off at 1130 GMT.