Ghana equaled the record for the most Africa youth Championship trophy, winning their 4th trophy since the last one in 2009 with an emphatic victory against the Hippos of Uganda in the final of the 2021 Africa youth championship in Mauritania
The Satellites, learning from their previous mistakes against Gambia went straight into the game attacking their opponents, mainly with Abdul Fatawu Isshahaku, and captain Daniel Afriyie Banie combining perfectly on the right.
But it was the Hippos who made the first attempt at goal, but key man Ivan Asaba’s shot from outside the 18 went wide off target.
The Black Satellites took control of the game again and came close to getting the opener in the 10th minute but Philemon Baffour’s header from a corner kick hit the post, whiles Emmanuel Essiam’s rebound volley went straight to the woodwork, denying the Ghanaias the opener.
But the the Satellites who had found an opening at the left side of their opponents pushed more men to their right with Philemon Baffour, Emmanuel Essiam, Fatawu Issahaku, and Percious Boah all operating through the right, the Ugandan’s found no answers to stop the increasing attacks.
Having gained confidence, the Satellites probed further, and in the 22nd minute, Captain of the side, Afriyie Banie shot them into the lead with a Karate-do kick right on the edge of the goal post from a corner kick.
The Hippos regrouped with the aim of getting the equalizer with Captain Kizito Gavin and Ivan Asaba combining to beat the Ghanaian defence, but the resultant shot went past the post by inches just before the half hour mark.
Ghana Built on from there, this time around, Coach Karim Zito’s side went on a counter attack after the Ugandan’s have failed from a move, but Percious boah’s pass to Afriyie Banie was intercepted by a Ugandan defender right inside the 6 yard area.
Just before the half time whistle, Ivan Asaba had his free kick on the edge of the box going straight to the ‘human wall’ after referee Abdelaziz bouh adjudged Ghanaian defender Philemon Baffour of hitting the face of his attacker with his hand.
At the start of the Second half, Ghana relaxed their play to allow their opponents to enjoy play, whiles Boah and Afriyie stayed behind for any counter attack, rhis new an worked in the 52nd minute with Percious Boah received a long ball from his area, with only two defenders, he run with the ball into the goal area, before laying a sweet pass across the face of goal to Banie Afriyie, who also connected superbly with his left foot for the second goal of the game.
That seemed the end of the game as Ghana pushed more men into midfield to stop any dangerous attack from the Ugandan’s who looked more aggressive on the ball.
The Black Satellites committed few blunders in their own goal area, but were lucky to escape them, as the Ugandan’s in a desperate move, failed to capitalize on them to score.
The Ugandan’s were presented with a perfect opportunity to reduce the deficit with a free kick right at the tip of the 18 yard, but Goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim was on hand to puch away.
The rest of the game was for the Ghanaians to manage the time, and to keep the game to themselves for Refere Abdelaziz to whistle foe end of game.