Black Satellites beat Cameroon on penalties to book place in semi-finals

Ghana’s U20 national team, the Black Satellites, beat Cameroon 4-2 on penalty shootouts to book a place in the semi-finals of the ongoing 2021 U20 Africa Cup of Nations in Mauritania.

The two West African giants couldn’t find the back of the net in regulation time at the Stade Olympique in Nouakchott on Thursday evening.

The Baby Lions dominated play in majority of the game and were the most threatening side, as they forced Ghana to defend deep in their half of the pitch and tried breaking on the counter.

The 90-minutes ended goalless despite both teams having some good moments to have broke the deadlock, especially with individual efforts for Ghana.

After a goalless regulation time, Kevin-Prince Milla headed in emphatically in between Ghanaian defenders to give the Baby Lions the lead on the 103rd minute in the first half of extra time.

A minute later, Frank Boateng slotted in the equalizer for the Satellites after he was set free by Daniel Afriyie in the 104th minute.

No goals were scored in the rest of the game as the two heavy weights proceeded to decide the winner from the spot.

Daniel Afriyie, Frank Assinki, Ivan Mensah and Percious Boah all converted their kicks while Saidou Alioum and Ibrahim Saidou converted the first two for Cameroon, but Ibrahim Saidou and Milla missed to see Ghana through to the semi-finals, winning 4-2 on penalties.

The Black Satellites will now face the winner of the game between Central African Republic and The Gambia.


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