Black Satellites jet off for WAFU tourney

Ghana’s U-20 team will travel to Benin to compete in the WAFU Zone B Tournament, which is scheduled to commence on Saturday, December 5. 

The WAFU Tournament serves as the pathway to qualification for Africa’s U-20 Nations Cup.

It was initiated in 2018 with Senegal finishing the tournament as Champions by defeating Nigeria 2-0.

Niger, Nigeria, Benin and Ghana’s immediate neighbours Burkina Faso, Togo and Ivory Coast are taking part in this year’s tournament.

The tournament was initially scheduled to be hosted by Togo between November 18 to December 3, 2020 but they opted out due to the surge in coronavirus cases.

The Black Satellites have done all the necessary preparations to aid them come out on top at the competition in Benin.

The one-time World Cup Champions are hoping to qualify for the U-20 African Nations Cup and through that qualify for the U-20 World Cup in Indonesia.

The Black Satellites managed by Coach Karim Zito have been urged by the GFA President, Kurt Okraku, to make themselves and the nation proud.

“We expect Ghana to be represented by boys who are proud to be wear our jerseys, who will walk through the tunnel onto the pitch chest out to fight for glory for our country,” said the GFA boss.

“It’s been a while since we made the U-20 World Cup and that must be broken. That history must be broken by this group of players here. We must play against Nigeria and Ivory Coast. These are sides we have beaten over and over before and we believe we have the quality to beat them and win the group.”

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The Black Satellites have missed out on the previous two World Cup tournaments and will be looking to qualify for Indonesia 2021.

By Mohammed Sani Ibrahim

Mohammed Sani is an intern with us at 3Sports.