Sports News of Tuesday, 22 December 2015
Ghana midfielder Rabiu Mohammed has cast back on the memories of the Black Satellites enviable feat at the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup in Egypt.
The Black Satellites led by Andre Ayew made history by becoming the first African country to win the FIFA Youth Championships after defeating Brazil on penalties in the finals.
The team coached by Sellas Tetteh conquered the World with 10 men after defender Daniel Addo had been given an early shower for a tackle on Brazilian attacker Maicon.
Both sides however settled for a goalless draw after extra time with the game being decided on penalty shootouts.
Agyemang Badu’s final kick eventually won the trophy for Ghana as the West Africans wrote their name in the history books of World Football.
Rabiu Mohammed who was a member of the team in an interview with Kumasi-based Angel FM evoked the memorable feat in Egypt.
“The U-20 world cup wasn’t easy at all, everyone including the technical team were really supportive. The leadership qualities of Andre Ayew were undoubtedly one of the standout factors that motivated us a lot,” he said.
“Before we headed for the tournament, the late Jordan Anagblah told us that we will be champions and that if we finish second or third we have failed the nation. He inculcated the winning the mentality into us.
“In our final game against Brazil, the whole of the technical team started crying in the 75th minute. They were playing all the game and we were doing the tackling.”
The Black Satellites failed to go past the round of 16 stage at the 2015 edition of the competition after losing 3-0 to Mali.