10:03, 17.Dec 2018
Ghana’s Black Satellites opened their campaign in the ongoing U20 Africa Cup of Nations with a 2 – 0 win over Burkina Faso on Monday, 4 February 2019, courtesy a brace from striker Daniel Lomotey.
The match was officially scheduled to be played the previous day but had to be postponed due to issues with the floodlights at the match venue.
In a match that Ghana enjoyed 58% of ball possession compared to Burkina Faso’s 48%, it was the Satellites who walked away with all three points as well as the better chance of making it out of their group.
The win did not come easy as the Ghanaians had to muscle their way through the defence of their opponents. The Satellites had to wait until the 41st-minute before taking the lead. The WAFA SC-forward calmly chipped the ball over the Burkinabe goalkeeper to score his first goal.
From there on, it was end-to-end action with both sides trying to get on the score sheet to either cement victory or get something out of the match.
Ghana, however, stood strong and had antidotes to all the attacks of the Burkinabe team.
Lomotey finally put the game to bed in the 77th-minute when he bounced off his marker and chipped the ball over the goalkeeper to complete his brace.
Following the results, Ghana is tied at the top of Group B with Senegal, who beat Mali 2 – 0, in the first group game.
Ghana is seeking to make it to the World Cup in Poland later this year and a win in their next match will guarantee them a spot.
The Black Satellites will play Senegal on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. GMT.
Source: Ghana/AccraFM.com/Eric Kwafo