Ghana are the Champions of the 2021 Africa U20 Cup of Nations after overcoming Uganda in the final on Saturday in Nouakchott, Mauritania.
Daniel Afriyie Banieh scored a brace to help Ghana win their fourth title at this stage. They had previously won it in 1993, 1999 and 2009.
Afriyie scored a goal in each half as Ghana showed class and effectiveness in a game of limited opportunities.
Uganda had had a fairytale run at the tournament making progress in scintillating fashion but the Hippos were a shadow of themselves against Ghana.
Morley Byekwaso made one change from the team that had defeated Tunisia in the semifinals with Ivan Asaba starting ahead of Najib Yiga.
His counterpart Karim Abdul Zito on the other hand made no changes in the team that had overcome Gambia.
Kakooza nearly gave Uganda the lead three minutes after kickoff but his attempted lobe over the goalkeeper sailed above the crossbar.
Ghana too came close to getting an early lead but Baffour and Essiam were denied by the woodwork in quick succession.
The breakthrough came in the 22nd minute with Daniel Afriyie Barnieh dashing to the near post to flick home from a corner kick delivery.
He got his second on the day six minutes into the second stanza tapping home from close range when Boah set him up.
Boah won possession from Asaba at the centre line and made a run towards the right before finding Barnieh who was arriving on the blind side.
Byekwaso made changes in an effort to chase the game, first with Ivan Bogere replacing Richard Basangwa in the 61st minute.
Bogere had an opportunity to pull score nine minutes after coming on when he attempted to shoot on the turn but his effort was easily collected by goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim.
There was a goal melee moments later but Ghana defence was alert to make the clearance when the goalkeeper fumbled.
The Black Satellites held on to claim victory and the title.
This was Uganda’s first major final since the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations where the Cranes coincidentally lost to Ghana.
Uganda Starting XI
Jack Komakech (GK), Garvin Kizito Mugweri (C), Aziz Kayondo, Musa Ramathan, Kenneth Ssemakula, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Isma Mugulusi, Steven Sserwadda, Derrick Kakooza, Ivan Asaba, Richard Basangwa
Ghana Starting XI
Danlad Ibrahim, Philemon Baffour, Frank Kwabena Assinki, Uzair Alhassan, Samuel Abbey-Ashe Quaye, Emmanuel Essiam, Patrick Mensah, Abdul Fatuwa Issahaku, Percious Boah, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh, Mohammed Sulemana
Winners – Ghana
Runners Up – Uganda
Third Place – Gambia
Most Valuable Player– Abdul Fatuwa Issahaku (Ghana)
Top scorer – Derrick Kakooza (Uganda)- 5goals
Best Goalkeeper– Danlad Ibrahim (Ghana)
Best Coach– Morley Byekwaso (Uganda)
Fair Play Award – Uganda