Hearts of Oak has proved a lot to the young chap from bringing plaques and honor to the team. They are wishing to cash out on him to buy another quality player. Already there is Ibrahim Salifu who is there to fill the void for the captain fantastic. This shows that, the player will surely make it to the top with Accra Hearts of Oak winning the league as confirmed by Sear Gyan before the beginning of the match. Daniel Afriyie Barnieh who captains the National U-20 side in the end led by example as he stepped up when it mattered most. The Accra Hearts of Oak attacker bagged in the final game to ensure Ghana strolled comfortably to clinch the trophy. Barnieh opened the scoring in the first half after 22 minutes after he was set up by Issahaku Fatawu. His goal ensured Ghana went into the break with the lead. Back from recess, Afriyie Barnieh was in no mood to slow down yet as he delivered another goal to increase the tally for the Black Satellites.
The Hearts of Oak forward helped the Ghana U-20 team to the WAFU Cup glory, after netting the leveller in the Black Satellites comeback victory over Burkina Faso in the final. “It’s a great joy because Ghana has never won a trophy in the last 5 years. Personally, this is my first ever trophy as a footballer. So I am very happy to achieve this,” he told FootballMadeinGhana.com. “We told ourselves that this game was a make or break affair for us. We motivated ourselves that we needed this trophy to make a mark,” Barnieh added. The Black Satellites have also achieved qualification to next year's Africa Youth championship by finishing in the top two of the competition.
The Black Meteors came close to scoring after they hit the crossbar twice in a twinkle of an eye following a corner kick and started dictating the pace of the match with a dominant display.
It was unfortunate that there will be no world cup competition to see the youngsters excelling very well. The presence of the been a captain for this side means a lot to the youngsters and need to be honored. As we can see the Hearts of Oak forward had a contract outside in France Amiens SC to do his trial on an outright buying. 2000 CAF Champions League winners Hearts of Oak striker, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh poked home the game’s opening goal from a close angle with his left toe to give the Ghanaians a very well-deserved lead before the end of the first 45 minutes. Six minutes into the second half, the Ghana captain, Barnieh reacted the quickest in the box to score his second goal of the match with another left-footed finish after Percious Boah’s deflected cross from the left felt perfectly in his path to make it 2-0.
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