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Ghana U20 beat Benin to revive qualification hopes at AYC

Published on: 19 March 2013

Ghana revived their campaign at the 2013 African Youth Championship by beating Benin 1-0 in Ain Temouchent on Tuesday.

The Black Satellites missed a hatful of scoring chances in the first half but bagged the points at the Stade Omar Ouccief.

On two minutes, striker Ebenezer Assafuah failed to direct Richmond Nketiah's cross from the right from the 18-yard box.

His right foot connection went over the bar after he broke away from his marker.

Another right-wing delivery from Nketiah was headed over the goal post by Assafuah.

Benin threatened later with midfielder Raimi Kowiyou Kola attempting to score from 30 yards but Ghana goalkeeper Eric Ofori Antwi easily picked it up.

In the 8th minute, Assafuah was brought down inside the box but he was already in an illegal position as the assistant referee flagged for offside.

After a quarter of an hour, Udinese-bound midfielder Clifford Aboagye shot from just outside the box but Benin goalkeeper Saturnin Allagbe palmed it first before grabbing with a second attempt

Assafuah missed a glorious opportunity to open the scoring after the Liberty Professionals marksman had intercepted a pass and burrowed into the box but he surprisingly missed.

His effort was a few meters away from goal.

Assafuah again dribbled his way into the box but powered his effort wide from 15 yards. This was followed by a nicely intervention from a Benin defender after Narh put Assafuah through.

Ebenezer Ofori came close to scoring after he was teed up by Aboagye but he shot feebly into the arms of Allagbe.

Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh made two changes at half-time by bringing on Moses Odjer for Aboagye and Frank Sarfo Gyamfi had to replace Michael Anaba.

As the second half got underway, Benin made the first dangerous move but Ofori tipped a dipping cross from the right.

The Black Satellites also responded with attempts from from Narh and Assafuah all failing to find the back of the net.

Then Odjer won a free-kick and laid a pass for Ofori who whipped in a cross which Assafuah applied his head to for the opening goal.

Substitute Adjayi had chance after spinning well inside the box but he shot at goal was easy for Antwi.

The Young Squirrels threw everything at the Satellites but were denied partly by poor finishing and a watertight defence.

Ghana will play hosts Algeria in their final Group match on Saturday in Ain Temouchent.

Ghana U20 squad:

Eric Ofori Antwi- Lawrence Lartey, Joseph Attamah Larweh, Richard Nketiah, Jeremiah Akorful- Clifford Aboagye/Moses Odjer, Siedu Salifu, Ebenezer Ofori, Michael Anaba/Frank Sarfo Gyamfi-Francis Narh/ Derrick Appiah and Ebenezer Assafuah


Saturnin Allagbe-Mama Siebou, Nabil Abdel Yarou, Raimi Kowiyou Kola/Femi Adjayi-Ezeckiel Obi Okotou/Jacque Bessan, Maldinho Quenum/Daniel Lanignan, Federic Hounkponou, Fousseni Lazadi, David Djigla, Bonou Jerome Agossa-Kamarou Dine Koukpere.



This article has 18 comment(s), give your comment
    March 19, 2013 06:51 pm
    the entire team should be dissolved even if they managed to qualify to the world cup
  • charles mille says:
    March 19, 2013 07:16 pm
    that was a performance. keep it up
  • Abis Kola says:
    March 19, 2013 07:16 pm
    Well done guys......train hard as we are about to face the host nation, algeria
  • Chu says:
    March 19, 2013 07:20 pm
    Anaba, Anaba Anaba. Struggled to give a simple pass into the 18. Songo u are a media man. One of the best undoubtedly in the nation but you are limited in techniques and tactics of the game. Selas knows what he is doing. Let him be. Anaba we see in kotoko is a forward speeder but can't hold the ball. Stop the over hype and political antics and concentrate on the fire. Satellites must win. Adios
  • MICHAEL says:
    March 19, 2013 07:22 pm
    Congratulations to the Black Satellites. If Egypt should beat Algeria, then the Satellites will need only a draw to qualify. But they must aim for victory over Algeria in their last group match.
  • Kofi says:
    March 19, 2013 07:25 pm
    Assign ah says he is 14 years old. He is a cheat and ai don't care if he scores 100 goals in a match. CHEATS Ghana.
  • jay says:
    March 19, 2013 07:57 pm
    their ages are a pure joke and fallacy
  • Blakroze GH says:
    March 19, 2013 08:12 pm
    Hey kofi, if you study other posts before this you'd realize that there is a post that says we have corrected his age blunder and he is 18 years so where lies the cheating here? Anyway I'm patiently waiting to see how far the soccer nation called zambia will get to in this tournament........oh I forgot, they couldn't even qualify, sorry, better luck next time
  • kuzor says:
    March 19, 2013 08:13 pm
    anaba o anaba oo no show. some sports analyst are being paid to hype their players forgetting their nation. Clifford aboagye is a good and intelligent player. Media men shd live him alone.good show borbor.
  • King says:
    March 19, 2013 08:44 pm
    Cheap cup Nigeria won 6times.we zambians are coming for u in worldcup qualifier we will beat u people again like we did at Ndola and 2012 afcon
  • saxcee says:
    March 19, 2013 08:45 pm
    @Blackroze gh, what is Zambia??? it sounds like rotten fish.. or is it some carcass?? pls tell me
  • Anokwale says:
    March 19, 2013 09:07 pm
    I am not sure of your reasoning? They have played well in both games. They just got unlucky in the first game against Egypt. In fact, they have played quite spirited football which is probably the most important thing to have.
  • Ghanaman says:
    March 19, 2013 10:00 pm
    Filthy Nigerian APE pretending to be a Zambian! I bet you are a Yo-ROBBER animal hiding in Ghana looking for food! Either way, Ghana is the ONLY country in Africa to EVER be World U20 Champions!! Emphasis on WORLD!!
  • Freeman says:
    March 19, 2013 10:06 pm
    Congratulationa to the boys
  • tony says:
    March 19, 2013 10:24 pm
    nice one keep it up boyz.
  • King says:
    March 19, 2013 10:26 pm
    Ghanaman Go low.the only language u knw is Ape.Good English you can't are nothing but an illiterate uneducated sarcastic barbaric untrained filthy animalistic PiG with a monstrous nostril.that's what you are.
  • Ghanaman says:
    March 19, 2013 11:11 pm
    Filthy Nigerian Ape and Baboon!!! Get out of here before I get you out FOOL!!!
  • thunder stone says:
    March 20, 2013 06:43 am
    Those condeming Anaba are hearts of oak fan ur players are not good even non of ur players make it 2 the team shame