Archive for October 9th, 2009

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FIFA U-20: Ghana’s young warriors

D. Opare“Young men, help me, do help me! I love my country so; That is why I am fighting” ~ Sitting Bull

Let me start by congratulating the Black Satellites for qualifying to the semi-finals of the 2009 FiFA Youth Championships. Ghana’s 3-2 win against Korea did not come with a silver platter. Everyone with some football knowledge could easily predict how the Koreans will come running at Ghana. What the pundits could not predict was that Korea was on a mission of taking complete dominance of the game to give Ghana her hardest battle yet since the qualifiers. To sum up this game in one phrase – What a heart-throbbing game? I doubt if there is anyone (Korean, Ghanaian or Neutral) watching this game who did not miss one or two heart beats.

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09
Oct
09

FIFA U-20: Ghana withstand Korean fightback

G. Khassenu runs past a Woo

G. Khassenu runs past a Woo

A brace from Dominic Adiyiah helped book Ghana a place in the semi-finals of Egypt 2009, despite Korea Republic reducing the deficit on two separate occasions.

Adiyiah set the tone for the match when he forced a low save from Kim Seung-Gyu with 45 seconds on the clock, but while that chance was a half one at best, Korea Republic should have taken the lead with five minutes gone when Kim Young-Gwon missed the target from 12 yards after the Black Satellites failed to clear the ball from a corner.

 

 

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Oct
09

Ghana vs Korea – The Statistics favour Ghana

So far, Ghana’s dream of winning her first FiFA Youth Cup is on course.  Ghana’s apparent dominance of youth football is yet to result in cups at the U-20 level. Since Australia 1993  when Ghana first participated in the FiFA Youth Championship, team Ghana’s best performances have come in 1993 and 2001 when Ghana came up as runners up. 

Ghana’s inability to win the cup has been in spite the depth of quality she has produced year-in-year-out. This forms the basis of the claims by so-called experts of the game that Satellites 2009 are the most ungifted U-20 side Ghana ever put together. While this could be true, the fighting spirit and courage displayed by the boys during this tournament gives some of us the hope that perhaps ‘the message is clear – this could be the year for the real thing’.

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