The Black Satellites of Ghana qualified to the semi-finals after beating Cameroon’s young lions 4-2 on penalties.
Cameroon kick off on a fast pace, controlling the game with power, creating some chances by their midfielders.
The Black Satellites had to fight back from their lethargic play.
The Ghanaians only tried their opponents goalkeeper from free-kicks and Barnie mistimed his chance to put the side in the lead.
In the second session, both sides adopted to press and attack but could not yield the results required.
Cameruon’s petit Lions drew first blood in extra time through Kevin-Prince Milla in the 103rd minute, but the purposeful Ghanaians equalised a minute later through Frank Boateng.
The match ultimately went to penalties and Frank Boateng, Frank Assinki, Precious Boah, and Daniel Barnieh converted their kicks whilst Cameruon missed two as goalkeeper Ibrahim Danlad save one kick. Frank Boateng Boateng who came off the bench to get the equalizer for the Black Satellites in the first half of the extra time was named Man of The Match.
Ghana, world champions in 2009 in Egypt have now qualified to the semi finals, and their chances of winning the African Youth Cup is high.
Coach Karim Zito expressed his pride in his team and joy over the victory.
“I am very proud of the boys and also proud of myself for qualifying,” Zito said in his post-match speech
“I want to take this opportunity to thank my fellow coaches at home who never stopped trusting in me; giving me all sort of encouragement that we can make it and true to their words, we have made it and I can say we have qualified for the World Cup.
“And this is a big achievement for me and the boys themselves too” he said.