Percious Boah’s 33rd minute freekick at the Olympic Stadium in Nouakchott handed Ghana a 1-0 victory over Gambia, sending the Black Satellites to the final of the Total Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations, Mauritania 2021.
Ghana laid revenge on the Gambians after losing 2-1 when they last met in the group stage matches in Noaudhibou, with the precious victory handing them a chance to vie for their fourth title at the Under-20 AFCON.
The Black Satellites sealed the deal in the opening half, going to the break a goal to the good and deservedly so after being the brightest off the blocks and creating the lion’s share of chances.
Boah took them 1-0 up in the 33rd minute with an expertly taken freekick, curling the ball beyond the wall and into the top left corner of Saidy Lamin’s goal.
It was the second time in the game that Boah was coming close with a freekick and this time, he ensured he had the ball on target and past the keeper. In the third minute, the burly forward struck his effort just wide from 20 yards out after dangerman Abdul Fatawu Isahaku was axed as he dribbled forward.
Ghana had started on the front foot from the first whistle and after Boah had threatened with a brilliant freekick, Fatawu lined up next with a well volleyed ball off Boah’s set up but the effort went wide.
Ghana will either Tunisia or Gambia in the finals.