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Monday, 22 February 2021 21:16

MATCH REPORT: Listless Black Satellites snuck into U20 AFCON knockout phase after Gambia defeat Featured

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The male national U20 side failed to seal a top spot in Group C of the 2021 Africa U20 Cup of Nations after losing to Gambia in their last group fixture on Monday evening.


Gambia came from behind to inflict a 2-1 painful defeat on the Black Satellites to end their unbeaten streak in the ongoing competitions.

The Ghana U20 have progressed to the quarter-finals after finishing among the best third placed teams in the competitions with four points.
Coach Karim Zito made one change in his starting line up as Ofori McCarthy replaced Patrick Mensah who featured against Morocco.
Ghana started the game on a good note as Abdul Fatawu Issahaku registered his second goal of the tournament with a thunderbolt long range strike on the 10th minute.
The Gambians composed themselves with brilliant passes to launch fearsome attacks which earned them the leveller after seven minutes of conceding 
On the 17th minute, Kajally Drammeh snatched the equaliser for his side with a powerful header via a corner-kick.
Gambia continue to pile up pressure on the back line of the Black Satellites which saw them conceding the second goal which eventually booked them a ticket to the knockout stage.
Youngster Lamarana Jallow handed the Gambia U20 side all the needed points with his strike on the 34th minute of the game.
In the second half, Gambia kept on their explosive output with dangerous efforts troubling the Black Satellites.
The Gambians were resilient with hopes of scoring more goals but they got denied by goalkeeper Ibrahim Danlad.
The match ended in a 2-1 victory in favor of Gambia.
Despite the defeat, Ghana have qualified to the knockout stage to battle out with the hosts, Cameroon for a semi-final ticket.
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