Ghana Pip Zambia To Reach AYC Semis

Black Satellite_11_1The Black Satellites overcame the junior Chipolopolo 2-1 to snatch ticket to the semi-finals of the African U-20 Championship in Senegal

Ghana defeated Zambia 2-1 at the African U-20 Championship on Thursday to seal their semi-final berth and have also qualified for the 2015 Fifa U-20 World Cup in New Zealand next May.

Both teams from Group B faced off at the Stade Caroline Faye in M’Bour, the second host city of the tournament after Senegal capital Dakar.

The Zambians had a dream start after Dave Daka claimed an early lead for his side in the second minute following an onslaught they launched with a frenetic pace at the blast of the whistle.

Ghana remained unfazed by the stunner and promptly closed existing potholes in their back half to hinder the opposing side from finding more breaches.

The junior Chipolopolo attempted a couple of scary interplays near the box by the 20th minute but a final through ball into the Ghanaian rearguard was timely thwarted.

By the 26th minute, the West Africans pulled level through New Edubaise United’s youngster Abraham Aseidu Attobrah, who delivered a sublime, close-range volley that left Zambia goalkeeper Mangani Banda sprawling in vain.

Zambia had a goal disallowed due to offside position after Daka perfectly scuffed his effort past goalkeeper Mutawakilu Seidu.

Both sides went for the break at 1-1 and returned in search of a winner, with the Black Satellites proving dominant in possession thanks to an abounding stamina.

Conscious of an impending elimination from the tournament, Zambia continued to stand their ground as Ghana piled the pressure on the struggling side.

However, it was near end of the meeting that the 2009 U20 Africa and World Champions had their efforts rewarded, when second half entrant Samuel Afful powered home his finish from a breathtaking assist delivered by Clifford Aboagye.

Ghana were ahead 2-1 by the 86th minute and still longing for more action while the Zambians were clearly worn out.

The score-line remained unaltered until the final whistle, with Ghana qualifying to the semi-finals and the 2015 Fifa U-20 World Cup while Zambia crash out of the competition.



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