The Black satellites in this year's Confederation of African Football (CAF) U-20 African cup of nations (AFCON) tournament in Mauritania, were featured in Group C with Morocco, Tanzania, and The Gambia.
After beating Tanzania, sharing a point each with Morocco and a defeat from Gambia, the Black Satellite progressed the the knockout stage of the competition after finishing among the best third category.
They faced Cameroon who topped group A with 9 points in the quarter finals. In what appears to be a "do or die" affair the Black Satellite managed to triumph over the Cameroonians to make it the the semi-finals.
It was a 1: 1 draw in the 120munites regulated time. And a 4:2 penalty win for Ghana.
At the semi-final stage, the Black Satellites again locked horns with the Gambians. Even though the Satellite lose to the Gambians in the group stage, the Satellite proved much stronger in their second clash to ensure victory into the finals of the (CAF) U-20 African cup of nations (AFCON) tournament in Mauritania.
The satellites will be on Saturday 6th March 2021, meet Uganda in the finals. This I must say, was a successful journey so far for the Satellites in the 2021 CAF U 20 tournament.
But there is a bad news. With their current position in the tournament, the Satellite automatically qualified for the FIFA U 20 World Cup this year. But unfortunately, the Satellite cannot take part in this year's FIFA U-20 world cup.
This is because FIFA has canceled the 2021 U-17 and U-20 World Cups due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U-17 World Cup was originally slated to take place in Peru and the U-20 World Cup in Indonesia, with FIFA also announcing that both countries will now be hosting the respective tournaments in 2023.
Ghana is however currently preparing for the final clash of the (CAF) U-20 African cup of nations (AFCON) tournament with Uganda. It's our believe and hope that, the Satellite will win their fourth U-20 AFCON come Saturday 6th March, 2021.
Ghana won the U-20 AFCON in 1993, 1999, and 2009 and also went on to win the U-20 world cup in the same year in Egypt where they beat Brazil in an epic penalty shoot-out in the final match to lift the trophy.
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Seth K. Nartey
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