Ghana U20 team will face Egypt in the finals of the African Youth Championships

Ghana U20 team will face Egypt in the finals of the African Youth Championships

Yes, they have made it to the finals of the 2013 African Youth Championships but the Black Satellites are nowhere near the victorious 2009 team as coach Sellas Tetteh suggested.

We made it through a semi-final against Mali we should have lost and might go all the way to win the tournament in Algeria but let?s not be fooled into believing the team is all that.

Perhaps it is unfair to compare the current team to the 2009 squad which contributed as many as eight players to the Black Stars team that lost to Egypt in the finals of the 2010 Nations Cup in Angola.

Yes, times have changed, the circumstances are different, so let the excessive patting on the back stop!

I can understand why Ghana FA officials and indeed the players are happy for the no mean achievement ? making a final of any competition is really huge and especially after the profound failure in the last tournament in South Africa.

But with the kind of quality materials available to play for the Ghana U20 team within and without the country, we should be doing way better.

Don?t get me wrong, the players, coach and management of the side have done a great job making it that far but for Tetteh to say before the tournament: ?I think this team is better as compared to the 2009 squad? is nothing more than hallucination.

The kind of panache and swag with which the 2009 squad won the WAFU, Africa and World Cup for me will forever remain the ?holy grail? for the aged and even senior team of Ghana.

Even when they weren?t playing well especially in the first and final game against Cameroonian and then the semi final against South Africa, there was always that touch of brilliance to come from the galaxy of ?mini-stars? paraded.

Andre Ayew, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Samuel Inkoom, Rabiu Mohammed, David Addy, Opoku Agyemang, Dominic Adiyiah and Ransford Osei always had something left in the tank to offer.

But with the current crop, aside boasting the tournament?s leading scorer Ebenezer Assifuah, a scratch my head to find another excellent individual performer(s) that will translate into another ?Dream Team?.

I wish the boys all the best, as a Ghanaian, I will be extremely happy if the Black Satellites emerge victorious against Egypt on Saturday but that should not paper off the cracks in the team at all especially with the World Cup on the horizon.


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