Ghana’s male under 20 team, the Black Satellites have qualified to participate in the CAF African Under 20 Championships to be staged in Mauritania next year.
The Satellites beat Niger 5-3 on penalties in the semi-final of the ongoing WAFU Zone B qualifiers in Benin. After a goalless drawn game that travelled 120minutes, the lottery of penalties was called and Ghana emerged victorious with all the five kickers including substitute goalkeeper Essu Emmanuel who scored the first kick all doing same to hand Ghana the victory. Niger missed their first kick and that proved to be the difference. Ghana’s Emmanuel Essu, Abdul Mugeese Zakaria, Percious Boah, Suleymana Mohammed and Frank Boateng all successfully converted for Ghana to send us through to the finals.
The Satellites had struggled to handle the physical nature of the Nigeriens throughout the game but stood firm to ensure they don’t concede. But when it came to penalties Ghana triumphed much to the surprise of many after unsuccessful attempts by all age categories in Ghana’s history of football.
The victory also qualifies Ghana for the finals of the WAFU Zone B tournament where they will come up against Burkina Faso who beat Ivory Coast 4-1 in the other semi-final.
The two teams have thus booked their places when the role call is made for under 20 teams in Africa to gather in Mauritania in 2021.
Ghana, three-time African champions at this level will be making a record 11th appearance at the competition slated for Mauritania in 2021.
The last time Ghana qualified for the African Youth Championship was in 2015.