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Sports News of Monday, 4 February 2019


U-20 AFCON: Ghana make winning start against Burkina Faso Source: Ghana/Joy Sports

Ghana’s Black Satellites made a winning start to their 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a 2-0 victory over Burkina Faso in Maradi.

The match was originally scheduled for Sunday but problems with the floodlights at the Maradi stadium forced a rescheduling to Monday.

WAFA striker Daniel Lometey scored all two goals coupled with some good goalkeeping from Belgium-based Manaf Nurudeen to help Ghana achieve all three points.

The Black Satellites profited from some sloppy defending by the young Stallions to score the pair of goals.

Lomotey won the physical battle against centre back Kone inside the box and lobbed the ball over goalkeeper Traore for the opening goal just on the nick of half time.

In the 77th minute, the burly striker used his strength to bully Kone inside the Burkina Faso area to lift it above and over the goalkeeper.

The result leaves Jimmy Cobblah’s men joint top of Group B with Senegal, who won their opening game 2-0 against Mali.

Ghana will play their second game against Senegal on Wednesday.

The top two from the group at the end of the first round are guaranteed qualification for the U-20 World Cup slated for Poland in May/June.

Ghana have not qualified for the global showpiece since a second-round finish at New Zealand 2015.