Ghana men triumph over Gambia

Edwin  - CEO March 13, 2024
Updated 2024/03/14 at 12:10 AM
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 Posts 3-1 win in a spirited African Games clash


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Ghana’s U-20 team, known as the Black Satellites, showcased their prowess, securing a vital 3-1 victory over Gambia in their Group A encounter at the 13th African Games on Tuesday night. CAFonline reports.


The match started with Ghana dominating possession, demonstrating their attacking intent from the outset.


It didn’t take long for them to break the deadlock as Musibau Aziz found the back of the net in the 13th minute, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.


As the game progressed into the second half, Ghana continued to press forward relentlessly, seeking to extend their lead.


Their efforts paid off when Abdul Aziz Issah doubled their advantage with a clinical finish in the 49th minute, putting Ghana in control.


However, Gambia refused to go down without a fight, showing resilience and determination to claw their way back into the game.


Their persistence paid off in the 83rd minute when Edrissa Ceesay pulled one back for Gambia, setting up a nervy finale.


With tensions rising and the outcome hanging in the balance, Ghana sealed their victory in style with Jerry Afriyie netting in the 90th minute, much to the delight of the home fans.


Reflecting on the impressive performance, Ghana’s Head Coach, Desmond Offei, praised his team’s effort, stating, “The boys deserve it. We’ve worked hard, and we know what they can do, and they showed it today.”


In contrast, Gambia’s Head Coach, Abdoulie Bojang, acknowledged his team’s shortcomings, admitting, “Tactically, we are not organized. We considered cheap goals, especially the second and third goals, which could have been avoided, but overall, I think the Ghanaian team was better.”


In the other Group A fixture at the Accra Sports Stadium, Congo and Benin they battled to a goalless draw in a closely contested encounter.


Both teams exhibited strong defensive resilience throughout the match, but neither could find a breakthrough despite several promising attacking moves.


Despite the deadlock, both coaches expressed contrasting sentiments regarding the outcome. Benin’s Head Coach, Mathias Dèguènon, expressed disappointment, stating, “To be honest, I don’t think I should be happy with this result. I regret how the game went, especially in the final minutes.”


On the other hand, Congo’s Head Coach, Clemènt Massamba Madieta, emphasized the need for improvement, remarking, “We are not satisfied with the results. It was a game of two halves, even though we could have won. Our defenders were good, but some work needs to be done offensively.”


Both Congo and Benin will look to rectify their shortcomings in their final group match on Friday against Gambia and hosts Ghana, respectively.


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