Laryea Kingston praises his technical team after 5-1 win over Cote D’Ivoire

Laryea Kingston praises his technical team after 5-1 win over Cote D’Ivoire

Following the 5-1 massive win over Ivory Coast in the opening game of the 2024 WAFU Zone B U20 Championship, Black Starlets manager Laryea Kingston has singled out his technical team for praise.

The former national star, who is facing his first major assignment as a national team coach, believes his technical team is the reason why his side recorded the overwhelming victory over their opponents.

Addressing the media at the post-match press conference, Laryea revealed that he was convinced by his technical staff to keep to their system of play when he wanted to switch at a point.

He said, “At a point in time in the game, I wanted to change to a 3-4-3 system because we started with a 4-3-3 one but when I spoke with my technical team, they told me to stick to our original plan because it was working.”

“We typically have two systems of play. In Russia, we played 4-3-3 against the hosts and 3-4-3 against Serbia in our second game. Most of the time, we deploy a plan based on what we know of the opponent, but we always stick to plan,” Laryea revealed.

“We managed to watch their games against Argentina and France and we focused more on when they are on and off the ball. We did a bit of opponent analysis with the boys and it worked for us. I thank the technical team and everyone who supported this cause,” he noted.

The Black Starlets will take on their Beninois counterparts in their second group game of the tournament on Tuesday.

Ghana is now top of the table with 3 points, followed by Benin who are yet to play a game with Ivory Coast at the bottom of the table.

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