Ghana U20 get their revenge against Nigeira U-20 in five-goal thriller

Published on: 25 May 2012

Ghana U20s avenged a recent defeat by Nigeria with a 3-2 win in an exciting clash at the Cape Town International Challenge Friday night.

Ghana drew with their Nigerian counterparts at the inaugural Cape Town Challenge two years ago and last year, they fell 1-0 to the Flying Eagles at the African Youth Championship, also in South Africa.

Friday’s win by the Black Satellites meant they and Argentina, who defeated hosts South Africa 3-1 in the opening game of this eight-nation tournament, have shot to the top of Group A with three points apiece.

Ghana outclassed Nigeria in the first half of this West African derby as they enjoyed most of the possession and threatened the Flying Eagles goal again and again.

Tolulope Aluko, a central defender who was played in an unfamiliar left back position, was the Achilles Heel for the Nigerians as Ghana’s lively forward Sarfo Gyamfi tormented the FRSC Abuja ace time and again.

Skipper and goalkeeper Samuel Okani was forced to make several saves as Ghana piled pressure in search of the opening goal.

But somehow, Nigeria survived this onslaught to go into the dressing room at par with their more cohesive opponents.

And it was against the run of play that the Flying Eagles took the lead through Enyimba ace Uche Agbo, who headed home after 47 minutes.

However, Ghana drew level almost immediately courtesy of a sweet shot from outside the box by Baba Rahman Abdul.

Nigeria stepped up in this half and were duly rewarded with a second goal by Wikki striker Aminu Umar off a goalmouth scramble in the 61st minute.

The goals brought this game to life and on 80 minutes, the Black Satellites restored parity for the second time on the night when Sarfo Gyamfi smashed home an unstoppable rocket of a free kick on top of the box beyond goalkeeper Okani.

And four minutes from time, Ghana grabbed the match winner courtesy of substitute striker Benjamin Annan-Fadi with a simple tap-in.

On Sunday, the Flying Eagles will battle Argentina at the Cape Town Stadium, before South Africa test their might against Ghana.

Ghana starting line-up: Felix Annan, Seidu Salifu, Baba Abdul Rahman, Lawrence Lartey, Daniel Amartey, Mumuni Abubakar/Isaac Sackey, Frank Sarfo Gyamfi, Prince Baffoe/Moro Ibrahim,

Jacob Asiedu, Fatau Safiu, Abdul Basit/Benjamin Fadi.

You can follow details of the game by clicking the link below:

http://www.mtnfootball.com/africa/african-tournaments/eight-nation-u20-tournament/matches/play-by-play/ghana-v-nigeria.html

 

Comments

  • maka
    says: 6 years ago
    Ei,...Orlando Wellington again? The boys had to fight for pride....but this coach got no tactics! GFA, please watchout before its too late o! He has done it before.....yoo...! Congrats boys, you got talent...but the coach got nothing to offer. Coach yourselves on the field.....cos if you play according to Wellington's instructions, "mony3 fowad na moaba"...! He will waste your lives like he did to the Yiadom & Nsor group!
  • Ladipo Abiodun Prof
    says: 6 years ago
    Nigeria will triumph at d end of d day... Up Niga
  • Maxwell Johnson
    says: 6 years ago
    BRAVO!! But what is this Felix Annan GK doing in the team? The chap hasn't even played a single game for Kotoko this season and he is the first choice of our national U20 Team? OMG!! There are other young GK's in the league whom are much better than him, how Orlando Wellington selected him for this tourney really beats my imagination. I hope this coach doesn't disgrace us again this time around, he better sit up.
  • ezekiel
    says: 6 years ago
    congretulation to the boys. They did well.
  • SETH
    says: 6 years ago
    Congrats boys. but who is this felix Annan guy?. Plays fr which team? but dwarfs have a very young goal keeper who has been active and superb this season. why was he dropped?.GUD EVN MAXWELLJOHNSON. IS BEEN A LONGTIME. HOPE U ARE FINE?
  • Chu
    says: 6 years ago
    and u call this outscore, we were just lucky
  • Divaro
    says: 6 years ago
    To be sincere, I think this coach should be shown the exit door. He can't take the satellites far at all. Pls. GFA sit up.
  • b4world
    says: 6 years ago
    U IDIOTS IN THIS FORUM R NEVER HAPPY N ALWAYZ DISSIN SOMEONES PROGRESS,THE BOYS DID GOOD N THE COACH DID GOOD,STOP THE BAD MINDING N REJOICE,U UNGREATFUL BASTARDS. I DIDN'T WATCH THE MATCH BUT FROM THE SCORE LINE,I AM IMAGING,IT WASN'T EASY,SO MUCH RESPECT 2 THE WHOLE U20 CREW,COACHES N PLAYERS INCLUDED,HOPE WE SEE MORE RESULTS LIKE THIS,GOOD LUCK ON THE NEXT MATCH
  • b4world
    says: 6 years ago
    I am a very stupid person, n I always insult in forums don't mind me pls :(
  • O.J
    says: 6 years ago
    Thank you bro...
  • jon
    says: 6 years ago
    politics everywhere,,,who is dis felix annan,,,olando,better watch out,,,
  • Tony
    says: 6 years ago
    Ghanaians should stop critisms whhhhhhhhhhhhy????? the coach won the match and what is your problem again ghanaians? anyway Nigerians always respect Ghanaians bcos they know that we are their masters already, we will continue to score them forever ever! God bless Ghana
  • Mojahadine
    says: 6 years ago
    This Orlando coach, his U20 side had to dig deep again for a win? Unbelievable
  • KWAME NAAGBEWA
    says: 6 years ago
    WELLINGTON IS JUST NOT A VERY GOOD COACH.A VERY good coach is one who blends international and local players to achieve the greatest squad like sellas tetteh did in 2010 with Young Andre AYEW and others that won Ghana the WORLD CUP and produced the CORE OF our blackstar material today. WELLINGTON JST WANTS TO PROVE A FUTILE POINT THAT HE CAN DO IT WITH FULL LOCAL PLAYERS. Anyway good luck with that wellington we are behind you.
  • jones
    says: 6 years ago
    If u dont know Felix Annan shut up and is because u dont watch his matches,he didn't conceded a goal at the just ended reserve league you will to watch him keeping the goal.
  • Critic
    says: 6 years ago
    @ Jones-: This is Ghana for you otoo, those supporters of Boko Haram of Oaks are at it again, they are making those noises again, after all they are synonymous to noise making. Well do you know the Phobian supporters problem with this team? The reason is simple and clear, the team is not represented by a single H of Oaks player, if the Phobians can be a little bit fair in their criticism I don't have problem with their fair and constructive criticism. Coach Wellington is a wise man and a very good coach who knows his failures and has learnt what he should do to solve those failures. At least Ghanaians should understand that for the first time under Coach Wellington Ghana has won a match in a tournament indicates that the coach can indeed take the team to places. We are all witnesses to the unprecedented disasters and disgrace that Coach Wellington subjected Ghanaians to when he selected mostly H of Oaks players to participate in a tournament, nobody breathed out a word of criticism, even though the Phobian players cannot be compared to many players that were not selected, if Coach Wellington is indeed a bribe-taker, then obviously H of Oaks are the people that IMBUED and DEMENTED him with this Disease. All that Ghanaians were saying when he selected Phobian players is, Ghana first. The Mahatma Otoos, the Uriah Asantes and Karim Alhassans that the Phobians made a whole lot of noises about turned out as flops and total embarrassments to Ghana. Felix Annan is a product Feyenoord Academy, Was adjudged the best goalkeeper in two tournaments Feyenoord participated in Europe just last season before joining Kotoko this season, he is the reserves goalie of Kotoko without conceding a single goal throughout the reserves league, whereas Ofoli Adade of Dwarfs is over-aged.
  • Tsintsinga Lapaz
    says: 6 years ago
    Well done to coach Orlando and the boys.once again u proved to our Naija brothers that when its comes to football,we are masters.
  • donSELF
    says: 6 years ago
    God bless Ghana, and all the ''noise makers'' in it__To say the least.
  • Blay
    says: 6 years ago
    Pls GSN,publish the names of teams that our u20 players play 4.
  • Ishmael
    says: 6 years ago
    I think muntari tagoe must start e 2nd game ahead of felix he has more experence in e league
  • Alkadi
    says: 6 years ago
    Please we need construtive critism. but encouragement is more essential for the coach and players. Its a good start to beat Nigeria. for those who wanted us to beat Nigeria 3-0 or somthing like that should please be more pragmatic Nigeria isnt that bad at this level of competition.
  • NY
    says: 6 years ago
    @Jones r u minding these substandard,half-baked judo followers prying demselves as soccer fans.ey dont even know ders a Reserve lge on going in Ghana where Asante kotoko lies top in Zone A partly because da team hasnt conceded da whole season but 1 against Ashgold tanx to Felix Annan.
  • slyke
    says: 6 years ago
    @Critic: Thnx very much bro. I know abt Felix Annan as the No.1 goalkeeper of the reserve lge side of Kotoko who r the champions of that competition, but didn't know that much abt his xploits with F'noord A'demy. I suggest u post JUST the last paragraph of ur submission, since ur submission was a lengthy one n pple who may not v read the full txt will still not get the education u'v given. thnx
  • banku bodorr
    says: 6 years ago
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  • naija(delta)
    says: 6 years ago
    i bet u ghana will not qualifier from dis group.i known coach obuh very well,he is going to win the remaining matches to qualifer.i see nigeria and argentina going true,and ghana and south africa going out.obuh is like dat,he always lost his first match but,win the rest two with a high margin.congrat to ghana for defeating africa u-20 champion
  • Chu
    says: 6 years ago
    i've caught u again-there is nothing vengeful about the game and also we lost 2-1 not 1-0 . Now would u stop lyong
  • 21guns
    says: 6 years ago
    nigeria chiken go and betty your face in your president ass ... how can chikens play football
  • zee
    says: 6 years ago
    Why are these loudmouth Nigerians always trying to compare themselves with Ghana. They should find some weak chickens to compete with, instead of trying compare themselves with Ghana. Loosers.