Ghana national under-20 football team

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Ghana Under 20
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Black Satellites
Association Ghana Football Association
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Sellas Tetteh
FIFA code GHA
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Gambia 1 - 0  Ghana
(Banjul, Gambia; 9 September 1984)
Biggest win
 Ghana 6 - 0  Mali
(Accra, Ghana; 11 November 1990)
Biggest defeat
 Algeria 3 - 0  Ghana
(Algiers, Algeria; 27 August 1988)
 Colombia 4 - 1  Ghana
(Le Pontet, France; 29 May 2000)
 Argentina 3 - 0  Ghana
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 8 July 2001)
African Youth Championship
Appearances 10 (First in Third Place 1991)
Best result Champion Winners, 1993, 1999, 2009
Ghana national under-20 football team
Medal record
FIFA U-20 World Cup
Silver 1993 Australia Team
Silver 2001 Argentina Team
Gold 2009 Egypt Team
Bronze 2013 Turkey Team

Ghana national U-20 football team known as the Black Satellites, is considered to be the feeder team for the Ghana national football team. They are the former FIFA U-20 World Cup Champions and African Youth Champions, they have also been a three-time African Champion in 1995, 1999, 2009 and a two-time Runner-up at the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1993, 2001 and finished third in 2013. Ghana has participated in only six of the past 19 World Cup events starting with their first in Australia 1993 where they lost the World Cup final 1-2 to Brazil in Sydney and in Argentina 2001 where they lost the World Cup final 0-3 to Argentina in Buenos Aires. Incredibly, in 32 FIFA World Cup matches, Ghana has not lost a game in regulation below the Semi Final level of the FIFA U20 World Cup. They however failed to qualify for 3 consecutive events in UAE 2003, Netherlands 2005 and Canada 2007 until they made the Egypt 2009 Tournament.

They won the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in the Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt after defeating Brazil 4-3 on Penalties when the match ended (0-0) After Extra Time. The first time an African Country won the FIFA U-20 World Cup Championship.

Superb young players[edit]

The Black Satellites reached the FIFA U-20 World Cup final in their 1st appearance in Australia 1993 (Australia 1993 U-20 html Stats here), catching many teams on the hop with their lightning changes of pace. In fact, nine of the 22 players in the "Black Satellites'" squad had lifted the FIFA U-17 World Championship two years earlier, so their performance could only really be considered a half-surprise. Still they were a joy to watch: enterprising and unpredictable.[1] They repeated the feat in 2001 succumbing to Tournament Hosts Argentina in the Final. Previously in 1997, they had lost 3-2 on a golden goal to Uruguay in Extra Time of the World Cup Semi Final. In 1999 eventual Champions Spain eliminated Ghana in the Quarter Final on sudden death penalty kicks after a 1-1 tied game.

What makes Ghana's footballers so dominant in their age group? FIFA Magazine[2] asked Otto Pfister. Football is not simply the most popular sport in this part of Africa, it is an absolute religion, he said. This is the way the game is regarded in Ghana. Young boys here think about football 24 hours a day and play for at least eight - whether on clay, rough fields or dusty streets. They develop their skills naturally, without any specific training, and end up with superb technique and ability on the ball. They are also fast and tricky, and can feint well with their bodies. Africa and South America have by far the best young footballers in the world - on a technical level they are superb. And technique is what it takes to make a good player. What else goes towards making Ghana so strong? Otto Pfister continues; In Africa there is often only one way for many young lads to escape from poverty and to make their way up the social scale - football. Youngsters want to become stars and to play in a top European league. That is their main aim and they will do anything to achieve it. Let me give you an example: While I was coaching in Ghana I once told my team to be ready for training at three o'clock in the morning. At half past two they were all assembled and ready to go. They want to learn and they want to play for the national team. They know that in their country a national team player is a hero and enjoys a level of prestige that is not comparable to that in Europe. Another positive point for young players in Ghana is that there are many good coaches in the country who help develop the available talent and above all want to let them play. This policy pays off.[3] Today, many Ghanaian youngsters are in G14 Club Academies in Europe.

Competitive Record[edit]

FIFA World Youth Championship Record[edit]

Ghana national u-21 team before the friendly match with Bulgarian V AFG side Slivnishki Geroi (1-1), 18-11-2010, Slivnitsa, Bulgaria.
Year Round GP W D* L GS GA GD
Tunisia 1977 Did not participate - - - - - -
Japan 1979 Did not participate - - - - - -
Australia 1981 Did not participate - - - - - -
Mexico 1983 Withdrew - - - - - -
Soviet Union 1985 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Chile 1987 Disqualified - - - - - -
Saudi Arabia 1989 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Portugal 1991 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Australia 1993 Runners-up 6 3 2 1 11 6 +5
Qatar 1995 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Malaysia 1997 Semi finals 7 4 1 2 12 8 +4
Nigeria 1999 Quarter finals 5 3 2* 0 8 2 +6
Argentina 2001 Runners-up 7 5 1 1 8 5 +3
United Arab Emirates 2003 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Netherlands 2005 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Canada 2007 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Egypt 2009 Champions 7 5 2* 0 16 8 +8
Colombia 2011 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Turkey 2013 Third Place 7 4 0 3 16 12 +4
New Zealand 2015 To be determined
Total 6/19 39 24 8 7 71 41 +30
  • Silver background color indicates second place finish at the World Cup.
  • Gold background color indicates winners at the World Cup.

*Denote draws including the 2009 Final match decided on penalty kicks v Brazil 4-3p when the match ended (0-0) After Extra Time, and the 1999 Quarter-Final match decided on penalty kicks v Spain (7-8p).

Team honours and awards[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Head coach: Ghana Sellas Tetteh

Current Ghana under-20 national football team squad as of 13 July 2013 that participated in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
# Name Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
Goalkeepers
1 Eric Ofori Antwi (1994-11-20) November 20, 1994 (age 19) 11 0 Ghana Amidaus Professionals
12 Michael Sai (1995-07-24) July 24, 1995 (age 18) 1 0 Ghana Berekum Chelsea
16 Richard Ofori (1993-11-01) November 1, 1993 (age 20) 1 0 Ghana Wa All Stars
Defenders
2 Jeremiah Arkorful (1994-05-30) May 30, 1994 (age 20) 4 1 Ghana Tema Youth
4 Joseph Attamah (1994-05-22) May 22, 1994 (age 20) 9 1 Ghana Tema Youth
5 Baba Rahman (1994-07-02) July 2, 1994 (age 20) 9 1 Germany SpVgg Greuther Fürth
11 Daniel Pappoe (1993-12-30) December 30, 1993 (age 20) 1 0 England Chelsea
13 Richmond Nketiah (1994-10-28) October 28, 1994 (age 19) 11 0 Ghana Medeama FC
14 Lawrence Lartey (1994-03-23) March 23, 1994 (age 20) 15 0 Ghana Ashanti Gold
21 Princebell Addico (1994-06-05) June 5, 1994 (age 20) 3 0 Ghana Bechem United
Midfielders
3 Ebenezer Ofori (1995-07-01) July 1, 1995 (age 19) 7 0 Sweden AIK
6 Alfred Duncan (1993-03-10) March 10, 1993 (age 21) 4 0 Italy Inter Milan
8 Seidu Salifu (1993-11-30) November 30, 1993 (age 20) 11 2 Ghana Wa All Stars
10 Clifford Aboagye (1995-02-11) February 11, 1995 (age 19) 10 0 Spain Granada CF
18 Michael Anaba (1993-12-30) December 30, 1993 (age 20) 5 1 Spain Elche CF
19 Moses Odjer (1996-08-17) August 17, 1996 (age 17) 10 1 Ghana Tema Youth
Strikers
7 Frank Acheampong (1993-10-16) October 16, 1993 (age 20) 15 5 Belgium R.S.C. Anderlecht
9 Francis Narh (1994-04-18) April 18, 1994 (age 20) 9 0 Ghana Tema Youth
15 Kennedy Ashia (1993-12-13) December 13, 1993 (age 20) 8 2 Ghana Liberty Professionals
17 Ebenezer Assifuah (1993-07-03) July 3, 1993 (age 21) 13 10 Switzerland FC Sion
20 Richmond Boakye (1993-01-28) January 28, 1993 (age 21) 9 3 Italy Juventus

Previous squads[edit]

Most Recent Squad
Date announced 10 July 2013 [1]
Game(s)  Iraq, 13 July 2013
Venue(s) Türk Telekom Arena, Istanbul, Turkey
Attendance 20,601
Referee Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Competition 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup Third Place

Notable players[edit]

The following list consist of previous Ghana U-20 national team players who have won or were influential at the FIFA U-20 World Cup with the Ghana U-20 national team or the FIFA U-17 World Cup with the Ghana U-17 national team, and those who were part of the Ghana U-23 national team that won the Bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics. The list also includes the players who have graduated from the Ghana U-20 national team and gone on to represent the senior Ghana national team at the FIFA World Cup or African Cup of Nations:

Famous Coaches[edit]

Former (2007) U-20 squad[edit]

Squad for the Toulon Tournament in France from May 31–9 June 2007.

This team was eliminated 4-3 on penalty kicks by Burkina Faso after a 1-1 aggregate tie in the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup African Qualifiers on 22 October 2006.

2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup World Cup Winner Squad[edit]

 Ghana[edit]

Head coach: Ghana Sellas Tetteh

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Daniel Adjei (1989-11-10)10 November 1989 (aged 19) Ghana Liberty
2 2DF Samuel Inkoom (1989-06-01)1 June 1989 (aged 20) Switzerland Basel
3 3MF Gladson Awako (1990-12-31)31 December 1990 (aged 18) Ghana Heart of Lions
4 2DF Jonathan Mensah (1990-07-13)13 July 1990 (aged 19) South Africa Free State Stars
5 2DF Daniel Addo (1989-09-03)3 September 1989 (aged 20) Ghana King Faisal
6 2DF David Addy (1990-02-21)21 February 1990 (aged 19) Portugal FC Porto
7 3MF Abeiku Quansah (1990-11-02)2 November 1990 (aged 18) France Nice
8 3MF Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (1990-12-02)2 December 1990 (aged 18) Ghana Asante Kotoko
9 3MF Opoku Agyemang (1989-06-07)7 June 1989 (aged 20) Qatar Al-Sadd
10 3MF André Ayew (c) (1989-12-17)17 December 1989 (aged 19) France Marseille
11 4FW Latif Salifu (1990-08-01)1 August 1990 (aged 19) Ghana Liberty
12 2DF Ghandi Dassenu (1989-08-09)9 August 1989 (aged 20) Ghana Liberty
13 3MF Mohammed Rabiu (1989-12-31)31 December 1989 (aged 19) Ghana Liberty
14 2DF Daniel Opare (1990-10-18)18 October 1990 (aged 18) Spain Real Madrid
15 2DF Philip Boampong (1990-01-01)1 January 1990 (aged 19) Ghana Arsenal
16 1GK Robert Dabuo (1990-11-10)10 November 1990 (aged 18) Ghana Wa All Stars
17 2DF John Benson (1991-08-27)27 August 1991 (aged 18) Qatar ASPIRE
18 4FW Ransford Osei (1990-12-05)5 December 1990 (aged 18) Ghana Medeama
19 2DF Bright Addae (1992-12-19)19 December 1992 (aged 16) Ghana Wa All Stars
20 4FW Dominic Adiyiah (1989-11-29)29 November 1989 (aged 19) Italy A.C. Milan
21 1GK Joseph Addo (1990-11-02)2 November 1990 (aged 18) Ghana Sekondi Hasaacas

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Australia 1993: Brazil make it three". fifa.com. 2001-09-01. Retrieved 2001-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Superb Young Players". fifa.com. 2001-09-01. Retrieved 2001-09-01. 
  3. ^ "Ghana: talented players as far as the eye can see". fifa.com. 2004-09-17. Archived from the original on 2004-10-27. Retrieved 2004-09-17. 

Titles[edit]

Preceded by
2007 Argentina 
World Champions
2009 (First title)
Succeeded by
2011 Brazil 
Preceded by
1991 Egypt 
African Champions
1993 (First title)
Succeeded by
1995 Cameroon 
Preceded by
1997 Morocco 
African Champions
1999 (Second title)
Succeeded by
2001 Angola 
Preceded by
2007 Congo 
African Champions
2009 (Third title)
Succeeded by
2011 Nigeria