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02.02.2009 Football News

Satellites Rule Africa!

By The Ghanaian Times

The Black Satellites of Ghana glittered in Kigali yesterday. They mesmerised Africa with delightful football to beat Cameroon 2-0 in the Afican Youth Championship final in Kigali.
Striker Ransford Osei scored both goals in either half to secure the Black Satellites third continental title for African U-20 football.

The Isreal-based forward on both occasions combined with Asante Kotoko's enterprising wing-back Samuel Inkoom to give Ghana their third triumph after titles in 1993 and 1999.

Osei latched onto a cross from the right from Inkoom after the defender had made light work of three Cameroonians.

The Black Satelites repeated the previous effort with Inkoom breaking free on the right to set-up Osei, who evaded his markers before wrong-footing the goalkeeper to finish as the tournament's top scorer with seven goals.

Captain Andre Dede Ayew received the trophy from the President to the Republic of Rwanda Paul Kagame to spark wild celebrations for the West African country both in Kigali, Accra and elsewhere in Ghana.

The players deserve to thoroughly celebrate their win as they dominated the physical Cameroonians throughout the game with excellent passes in good technical ability. But it was the Young Lions who showed early signs of clinching the title but the Ghanaian defence marshaled by Jonathan Mensah and Daniel Addo were resolute to deny the marauding Brice Owona.