The road to New Zealand
Ghana went into the 19th CAF African U-20 championship with two goals: to qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand and win their fourth continental title. They did the former in a relatively easy manner but fell short of their ultimate ambition. After winning their opening two group matches 2-0 and 2-1 against South Africa and Zambia respectively, they had secured their ticket to New Zealand. A 1-0 defeat against Mali in their final group game saw them have to face their big rivals Nigeria in the semi-finals, and they went down 2-0. However, there was a positive ending to the competition as they avenged their defeat against Mali with a 3-1 victory in the play-off for third place.
Strengths and style
The Black Satellites emerged as one of the most attractive sides at the qualifying competition with their fast-paced football. They play possession football with quick and accurate passing and are swift on the counter, which they mainly do from either of the flanks. In Clifford Aboagye and Yaw Yeboah the Black Satellites have two creative players who are undoubtedly the fulcrum of the team. Aboagye, who plays for Granada in Spain, was a member of the 2011 team which placed third in Turkey and his experience and creativity are vital to the side. Yeboah, who is with Manchester City in England, is another member of the squad whose versatility suits the team's tactical flexibility. It was not a surprise when he won the Player of the Tournament award in Senegal.
Sellas Tetteh has an unquestionable pedigree, having led Ghana to the FIFA U-20 World Cup title in 2009 and to third place in 2011. The former player, who started coaching in 1995, has also been with the Ghana U-17 and U-23 sides, as well as the senior side in a caretaker capacity. He also had a short stint as Rwanda's national team coach.
FIFA U-20 World Cup record
- This is Ghana's seventh appearance at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
- In 2009 the Black Satellites became the first African country to win the competition. They finished runners-up in 1993 and 2001.
- The west Africans have escaped the group phase at each of their sixth previous appearances and have made the semi-finals five times
What they said
"We did not manage to win [in Senegal], but the most important thing is to be at the World Cup, and we want to make Ghana and Africa proud again."
Sellas Tetteh, Ghana coach