The Black Satellites of Ghana made a dream start to their 2019 AFCON U20 championship with a 2-0 triumph over an unlucky Burkina Faso at the Stade du Marady in Niger.
A goal on either half from Emmanuel Lomottey handed Jimmy Corbblah’s men a well deserved win over their neighbors Burkina Faso at the ongoing continental championship.
The Black Satellites endured torrid times in their pre-tournament matches including a run of four matches without a win but marked their return to the youthful championship with top class performances to pick the maximum points at stake.
Denmark based offensive midfielder, Mohammed Kudus, showed why his manager has been vocal for his inclusion into the team with a potential man of the match performances to steer the Ghanaians home.
The FC Nordjaelland midfielder rattled the cross bar from a long ball before Lomotey tapped home the rebound to give the Black Satellites a late first half lead.
The gallant Burkinabe side refused to succumb to the pressure and responded in similar only for Nurudeen Manaf in post for Ghana to keep the scores at 1-0.
Burkina Faso poured forward and asked many questions which were answered by Manaf between the sticks.
The win was then confirmed when Lomotey showed his predatory instincts to lift the ball home from an acute angle after shaking off a number of opposition defenders inside the box.
It was a score line that barely reflected the true state of the game with Burkina Faso enjoying a chunk of the ball despite trailing.