Black Satellites off to head start

By Veronica Commey, GNA. Courtesy Global Haulage Co. Ltd

Mbour, Mar. 9, GNA – Ghana’ Black Satellites begin their 2015 African Youth Championship (AYC), campaign on a head start following a 2-0 win over South Africa in their Group B opener at the Caroline Faye Stadium, in M’bour on Monday.

An own goal by South African, Thamsanqa   Masiya and another from   Benjamin Tetteh handed Ghana three points, her first opening win under coach Sellas Tetteh since 2009.

The Satellites, yet again confirmed their superiority over the Amajita, dominating every department in the match that saw the losers ending with a man less following Aubrey Modiba second yellow card early in the second half.

Ghana against the run of play went ahead after eight minutes with hard-pressed South African defender Masiya connecting a Prosper Kassim cross from the left into his own net.

The Black Satellites began to believe after the goal and took absolute control in midfield, ensuring their opponents were second best in all the 50-50 challenges.

Ten minutes on, Captain Joseph Owusu Bempah sent in a cross from the right, Tetteh took it with his chest before letting go a half volley which goalkeeper Dumsani Msibi easily gathered.

With South Africa struggling to pin down control, Clifford Aboagye delivered a long drive with four minutes to end the half but Msibi proved equal to the challenge.

As the Black Satellites headed to recess with their tails up, a minute before the break,   Tetteh consolidated the lead   by   lobbing over onrushing Msibi after Yaw Yeboah picked the former out from the middle.

Both teams resumed from recess with South Africa playing tight to prevent conceding another goal and Ghana refusing to allow the numerical advantage to count.

Ghana will next play Zambia on Thursday, before wrapping the group against Mali on Sunday.


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