Ghana’s U20 contingent, the Black Satellites, lost the finals of the 2013 African Youth Championship (AYC) to the Young Pharaohs of Egypt, losing 5-4 on penalties.
The game ended 1-1 after regulation time and went into a penalty shootout, after both sides cancelled each other out in extra time.
Ghana went behind in as early as the 4th minute when Egypt were awarded a penalty. Saleh Gomaa converted nicely, sending goalkeeper Eric Ofori Antwi the wrong way.
But just a few minutes later, Ghana were also awarded a penalty for a dangerous high footed tackle. Jeremiah Arkoful converted, grabbing the equaliser.
Both sets of players posed threats to each other’s goals with either goalkeepers pulling great saves.
After the game ended 1-1, the young players with tired legs soldiered on for another 30 minutes of extra time but could still find no way past each other’s goals.
And into the penalty shootout, Ghana missed two penalty kicks and eventually lost the shootout 5-4.
Coach of the Black Stars, Sellas Tetteh, won the 2009 AYC in Rwanda and has by this loss missed the opportunity to become the first ever coach to win the African U20 tournament twice.
Ghana starting line-up:
Eric Ofori Antwi, Lawrence Lartey, Richmond Nketiah, Joseph Attamah, Jeremiah Akorful, Moses Odjer, Siedu Salifu, Ebenezer Ofori, Clifford Aboagye, Francis Narh, Ebenezer Assifuah.
Egypt starting line-up:
Awad; Metwaly, Rami Rabia, Y. Ibrahim; O. Ibrahim, Samir; ‘Trezeget’, Ghaly, Gomaa, Kahraba; Bassam