U-20: Ghana Beats Uzbekistan

The national under-20 soccer team, the Black Satellites opened their group match with a slim 2-1 win over their Uzbekistan counterparts in the on-going under-20 world championship in Egypt. Starting as the underdogs, Uzbekistan took the lead in the 47th minute just 2 minutes after recess through their captain, Karimov. With a more determined game play by the Satellites who went to this tournament as African Champions, Ransford Osei equalized in the 60th minute after tapping in a failed header by Ghanaian captain, Dede Ayew from a David Addy cross on the left flank of attack. However, Abeiku Quansah came off the bench in the 68th minute to replace Opoku Agyeman whose presence was not been felt in the opening game. After determining the pace of the game after the equalizer, Dominic Adiyiah capitalized on a loose ball in the goalkeeping area tapping in the second and winning goal for the Satellites in the 75th minute. Gladson Awako replaced Rabiu Mohammed in the 83rd minute, but all efforts by the Ghanaian youngsters to baptize the Uzbekistanis were not realized leaving them disappointed even though they won the game. With barely a minute to end the match, Abeiku Quansah was booked by the referee in the 92nd minute after added time. Uzbekistan tried a shot on goal, but it was off target ending the group D opening match 2-1, in favour of Ghana’s Black Satellites. Ghana will play England in their next game on Tuesday September 29.