GHANA CLAIM AFRICA U20 TROPHY ON INDEPENDENCE DAY
Ghana has won its fourth Africa U20 Cup of Nations title after beating Uganda 2-0 in this year’s edition of the competition.
Captain Daniel Afriyie Barnieh scored in each half to give the Black Satellites victory in the game which was played at the Stade Olympique de Nouakchott.
The game which was played on the 6th of March coincided with Ghana’s 64th Independence Day celebration.
An early onslaught by the Ugandans was quickly halted by the Black Satellites as Patrick Baffour and Emmanuel Essiam both hit the post in the 11th minute.
Coach Karim Zito’s side then dominated the game and two quick corner kicks one of which was quickly connected by Afriyie Barnieh to give Ghana a lead on the 21st minute mark.
Patrick Mensah could have doubled Ghana’s lead in the 31st minute but his shot from the edge of the box went straight to the goalkeeper.
The first half ended with Barnieh’s goal being the difference between the two sides.
The Black Satellites returned from the break with a clear determination to double their lead and confirm their dominance in the game.
Barnieh got a brace in the game after latching on to a pass from Percious Boah to slot home and give the Black Satellites 2-0 lead.
Coach Karim Zito introduced fresh legs Emmanuel Agyeman Duah, Matthew Anim Cudjoe and Frank Boateng to consolidate Ghana’s lead.
Agyemang Duah came close to adding to Ghana’s lead after his long range shot was saved by the Ugandan goalkeeper.
The game ended with Ghana emerging as winners of Champions of Africa for the fourth time, after winning the competition in 1993, 1999 and 2009.
Afriyie Barnieh was adjudged the Most Valuable Player in the match after scoring twice to give Ghana a win in the game.
At the end of the tournament, Ghana’s Abdul Fatawu Issahaku emerged as the Player of the Tournament with Goalkeeper Ibrahim Danladi also grabbing the Golden Gloves.