Ghana’s U-20 soccer team, the Black Satellites were crowned champions of Africa for the fourth time on Saturday sixth March, which circumstantially is Ghana’s Independence Day, after beating Uganda in the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations final.
The win was Ghana’s second victory in Africa in the 21st century. Before the competition, there was a ton of positive thinking for the team, yet after two games, questions began to set in: unremarkable performance against Morocco and Gambia, created a ruckus among footballing fans in Ghana.
With a little push-ahead, Ghana in the long run completed third and progressed to another stage as the one of the two best third-placed teams.
But during the game against Cameroon, it was another terrible show for the Satellites, where the team nearly got kicked out, but was rescued by penalty shootouts.
Then came the defining moment at the peak of the competition; the re-rematch with Gambia which was a professional showing from the team, demonstrating that the players and the coach gained from their underlying misfortune in the group stage of the competition.
The Black Satellites proceeded to improve and played their best game in the competition against a solid Ugandan side, beating them 2-0 in the final to lift the trophy.