The Black Satellites of Ghana presented the country with what, in hindsight, turned out to be the perfect birthday gift as the West Africa nation marked its 64th Independence Day anniversary on Saturday 6th March, 2021.
The Ghanaian lads beat debutants, the Hippos of Uganda, by two unanswered goals to win the historic final of the Total-U20 Africa Cup of Nations Mauritania 2021 tournament.
Skipper Daniel Afriyie Barnie was the hero on the night as he scored a brace.
The two-goal hero and eventual Man of the match winner scored in both halves to decide the outcome of the game, netting the first goal after connecting to a corner kick in about the 22nd minute and the second few minutes into the second half after latching on to a Prescious Boah pass in the Ugandan box.
The Black Satellites survived a couple of scary moments in the opening minutes of the game before turning the match on its head.
The Ghanaians came close to scoring in the 12th minutes but were denied by the woodwork in two quick succession.
The defeat was the first for the East Africa boys as they had enjoyed an unbeaten run en route to the final. The Black Satellites on the other hand, tasted defeat once when they lost their final group game 2-1 to The Gambia.
Ghana by tonight’s victory have won the trophy for a record equalling fourth time (1993, 1999, 2009 & 2021).
6th March is the Independence Day of Ghana, a national holiday celebrated yearly by citizens of Ghana both within and in the diaspora to honour and celebrate the Heroes of Ghana who led the country to attain its independence from their colonial masters in 1957.