Thursday Mar 12, 2015. 23:41
Ghana came from behind to beat Zambia 2-1 in a 2015 CAF African U-20 Championship encounter at the Caroline Faye Stadium in M'Bour, Senegal on Thursday.
Goals from Abraham Attobrah and Samuel Afful not only securing the Black Satellites place in the semifinals, but also booking their spot at the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand alongside Mali and Nigeria.
Dave Daka's early goal was not enough as Zambia crashed out of the tournament along with Amajita who suffered a 2-1 defeat tot the Eaglets in the early kick-off.
Zambia made a couple of changes to their starting eleven with team captain Lubambo Musonda missing out due to an injury he picked up in the Southern African's defeat to Mali.
Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh meanwhile stuck with the same team that toppled Amajita in their opening Group B encounter earlier this week.
Junior Chipolopolo got off to the perfect start with Dave Daka repaying the faith shown in him by Hector Chilombo.
The Zambia striker pounced on a mistake made by Michael Otoo before firing a rasping effort past Mutawakilu Seidu from the edge of the area with two minutes on the clock.
Ghana went in immediate search of the equaliser and dominated proceedings before Attobrah's goal int the 27th minute. The Black Satellites midfielder burst down the right flank before cutting inside and curling an unstoppable effort into the back of the net.
Patrick Ngoma thought he had restored Zambia's lead in the 42nd minute following a goalkeeping error, but the assistant's flag was raised. Zambia though will feel aggrieved at the decision as replay's suggest the attacker was wrongly adjudged and was in fact onside by some distance.
The first chance of the second-half fell to Ghana's Benjamin Tetteh in the 62nd minute. The lanky forward rising highest before directing a powerful header at goal, but Mangani Banda was up to the task to keep the score deadlocked heading into the final half-hour.
Seidu was called into action with 10 minutes remaining, the burly gloves man doing well to first keep out Dave Daka and then namesake Patson Daka in quick succession.
Second-half substitute Afful grabbed the winner for the West African's with five minutes remaining. The marksman beat the offside trap before slipping the ball past Banda to book Ghana's ticket to the World Cup.
Zambia (1) 1 (D.Daka 2')
Ghana (1) 2 (Attobrah 27' Afful 85')
Banda; Mulenga, Mkandawire, Bwalya (Mbewe 78'), Sakala, Kayawe, Mwamba, Sautu, D. Daka, Ngoma (P.Daka 68'), Zulu
Seidu; Bempah, Aboagye, Attobrah, Otoo (K.Yeboah 44'), Aidoo, Adjei Y.Yeboah (Mohammed 90+4'), Tetteh (Afful 80'), Kassim, Asmah