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01.02.2009 Football News

Ghana aims for third gold in Rwanda

Ghana aims for third gold in Rwanda

Ghana will be hoping to win their third Africa Youth Championship title when they meet Cameroon in Sunday's final in Rwanda.

The Black Satellites are hoping to be the third Ghanaian side to lift the trophy having won the tournament in 1993 and 1999.

The two sides cancelled each other out in an exciting 1-1 draw in the group phase.

Ghana dominated the game but needed a Dede Ayew equaliser after Jacques Daogari had given Cameroon the lead.

Despite being declared favourites, Black Satellites coach Sellas Tetteh is aware of the threat posed by their opponents.

“The final will be a different ball game. We played some good football in the first game but did not get the result we deserved,” said Tetteh.

“Cameroon are strong, fit, and well conditioned but not technically sound.

“They are also strong in the air and have got better with each game but we can overcome them with skilful play.”

The Young Lions beat continental giants Nigeria, who have similar traits with Ghana in playing style, to clinch their place in the final.

Cameroon coach Alain Wabo says he will frustrate the highly-rated Ghanaians to win their second title, having triumphed in 1995.

“We will be champions again after teaching Ghana some lessons, because I know how they play and I have studied all their video tapes,” Webo boasted.

“They play like Nigeria and we know how deal with those tactics.”

Meanwhile, Nigeria beat South Africa 2-1 on Saturday to clinch the bronze medal at the Regional Stadium in Kigali.

Midfielder George Maluka opened the scoring for the South Africans on eight minutes with a long drive.

But the Flying Eagles rallied and restored parity through Rabiu Ibrahim before Frank Temile's effort on the stroke of half time secured the victory.