Black Satellites To Face Uganda In AFCON Finals

Black Satellites To Face Uganda In AFCON Finals

The Black Satellites of Ghana will take to the field on Saturday 6th March to face off against the Hippos of Uganda in the final of the ongoing Total CAF U-20 AFCON championship in Mauritania.

The Satellites who booked their place in the finals after a 1 – 0 victory over the Young Scorpions of Gambia at the Olympic Stadium in Noaudhibou, Mauritania earlier on Saturday afternoon will face Uganda in a historic final. The Hippos of Uganda made lightwork of the Young Carthage Eagles of Tunisia to secure their place in the historic final that promises to be entertaining.

The Hippos of Uganda celebrate their win against the Young Carthage Eagles of Tunisia
The Hippos celebrate their win against the Young Carthage Eagles

The Blacks Satellites enroute to the final had to overcome tests from Tanzania in their opening group C match where they won by four goals to nil before settling for a 0 – 0 draw against Morocco in their second group game and a threatening 2 – 1 defeat to The Gambia that almost got them out of the championship but for fortune which ensured they advanced as one of the two best 3rd placed teams alongside Tunisia.

They made amends with a 4 – 2 penalty shootout victory over group A winners Cameroon who advanced to that stage after scoring six goals and conceding one in three matches. They then dispatched the Young Scorpions of Uganda with a 1 – 0 sting courtesy of a 33rd minute Percious Boah strike to inflict an immediate revenge on the only team that had dented their title credentials in the tournament thus far to book their place in the final.

UZAIR ALHASSAN and ABDUL FATAWU ISSAHAKU of Ghana
UZAIR ALHASSAN and ABDUL FATAWU ISSAHAKU of Ghana

The debuting Hippos of Uganda also had to deal the threats of fellow debutants Mozambique who they dispatched via a 2 – 0 win; one time champions Cameroon who they succumbed to their only defeat so far in the tournament after falling by a lone goal to nil. They then came back stronger to beat host nation Mauritania by two goals to one to book a date with Burkina Faso in the quarter final which they advanced courtesy a 5 – 3 penalty shootout victory.

Tunisia came calling and they expertly answered with a resounding 4 – 1 victory thanks to Derrick Kakooza’s hattrick and Richard Basangwa strike, to advance to their first ever final in which they will rub shoulders against three time African and one time World champions the Black Satellites of Ghana on Saturday 6th March, 2021.

Derrick Kakooza celebrating a goal against Tunisia.

It is for pride and history that these two side will be playing for and either way history will be made as Ghana could equal Egypt on four titles only bettered by West African neighbours Nigeria who have seven titles with Ghana’s last glory coming 12 years ago in when they conquered Africa and the World. Uganda could also add their name to the illustrious list of nine countries to have tasted glory at this stage thus becoming the 10th member of that class of few. Whatever and however, it will be history made come Saturday at the Stade Cheikha Ould Boïdiya in Nouakchott.

By: Clifford Adumbire | myactiveonline.com

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