The Black Satellites of Ghana beat Ugandan Hippos 2-0 on Saturday to win the 2021 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title. It was double celebration in Ghana as the country marks its independence day same day.
Abdul-Karim Zito’s boys claimed their fourth title at the Olympic Stadium in Nouakchott, Mauritania — 12 years after they last won the U-20 AFCON.
The Satellites were too hot to handle for the Morley Byekwaso-led newbies, who had their sights set on making history by winning the tournament for the first time.
Daniel Barnieh’s brace in the 22nd and 51st minutes was all Ghana needed to win the tournament. Ghanaian captain, Barnieh, then won the Man of The Match award for his contribution in Winning the title.
Ghana was the favourites heading into the game against the Ugandan Hippos side making their first appearance in the competition and also looking to make history.
On their way to final, the Black Satellites clinched a 1-0 win over the Gambia in the semifinal through kind courtesy of a Precious Boah free kick in the 33rd minute to book a place in the final. Boah was adjudged Man of the Match after the game.
On their side, Uganda showed a masterclass against North African side Tunisia as they eased past them to the final with a 4-1 win.
Derrick Kakooza the star man for the show in the semifinal, scoring a hattrick and also winning the Man of the match award.
The Black Satellites have won the title in 1993, 1999 and 2009 and Uganda will be seeking a first trophy at this level.
They won their first title after beating Cameroon in 1993. The 1999 edition saw them win their second on home soil after edging the Flying Eagles of Nigeria 1-0.
Ten years later, having won the sub-regional WAFU Zone B Cup, Ghana beat Cameroon once again to lift the trophy before going on to rule the world.
In the third-place game, Gambia beat Tunisia on penalties to take home bronze.