AFCON U20: Ghana edge Uganda in the final

Ghana shuttered Uganda’s hopes of winning the AFCON U20 title after their 2-0 win against the Hippos.

The Black Satellites of Ghana defeated Uganda in the final game played in Nouakchott on Saturday.

A brace from Daniel Afriyie Barnieh handed Ghana the needed win to claim their fourth title in the competition.

The Hippos looked deflated and lacked the right spark going forward as they failed to mount the challenge.

Ghana twice hit the crossbar in quick successions with Philomon Baffour and Emmanuel Essiam at the giving end.

Goalkeeper Jack Komakech remained puzzled and rooted on his line.

The Black Satellites took the lead through Barnieh who scored with a high boot close to Bobosi Byaruhanga from a corner.

Sensational Patawu made a split pass to find Boah who set Barnieh clean to calmly double the advantage five minutes into the second half.

Uganda kept the hunt for the two goals, but couldn’t crack to score.

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This saw Ghana getting result for a jubilant end to a happy Independence Day.

Ghana in full control

Ghana went to the break a goal to the good, and deservedly so after coming off an early scare to score through Afriyie.

Uganda were faster off the blocks and should have scored after three minutes.

This happened when a long ball caught the run of Derrick Kakooza, but his lob over the keeper went over.

Almost immediately, Uganda had another chance with Isma Muguusi’s grass cutter going wide.

But after dodging the bullet twice, the Ghanaians woke from their slumber.

They had the bar denying them twice in succession off an Abdul Fatawu Issahaku corner.

First, Percious Boah’s connection came off the bar and from the rebound, Nathaniel Adjei also sent a shot across the bar.

Ghana had their victory coinciding with their country’s 64th Independence Day and they delivered the ultimate gift

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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