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AFCON U-20: Ghana fall to Gambia but book Cameroon date

The Black Satellites found the Scorpions too strong in their final group game at the Afcon U-20 tournament.

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Ghana have ended their group stage campaign at the ongoing U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Mauritania with a 2-1 loss to Gambia but will still progress to the next round of the competition courtesy of a 4-0 victory over Tanzania and a draw with Morocco on the last matchday.

Goals from Kejally Drammeh and Lamarana Jallow in the 15th and 35th minutes’s free-kick proved the separating factor at Stade Municipal de Nouadhibou in Mauritania on Monday.

The Black Satellites ultimately finished third in a four-team group, setting up a quarter-final date with Cameroon.

The 2009 world champions had already booked the qualification to the next round of the championship before Monday’s last group game, having amassed vital four points in their two games against Tanzania and Morocco.

Ghana coach Abdul Karim Zito made one change to his starting line-up for Monday’s game, bringing on Ofori McCarthy.

In the end, it was Jallow’s free-kick that proved the all-important factor, his side finishing second of Group C.

The African event will inturn serve as qualifiers for the 2020 Fifa U20 World Cup in Indonesia, the four semi-finalists are set to represent the continent at the global gathering.

Ghana have set their sights on going all the way to play at the World Cup for the first time since 2015 when they reached the round of 16 in New Zealand.

In 2017, the Black Satellites failed to qualify for the African champion while in 2019, they fell short at the group stage of the continental gathering, failing to pick one of the four available World Cup qualification tickets.

Zito’s outfit is three-time champions of the U20 Afcon, winning the cup in 1993, 1999 and 2009 where they went on to rule the world.

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