Daniel Afriyie scored in either half against Uganda in the U20 [AFCON] Africa Cup of Nations final at the Olympique Stadium de Nouakchott in Mauritania to win Ghana its fourth title at this level.
The 2021 title puts the Black Satellites level against Egypt in terms of U20 AFCON titles; Ghana won its first trophy in 1993 and the others in 1999, 2009 and the 2021 edition.
Derrick Kakoza missed an opportunity to put the Ugandans ahead just a few minutes into the game when Frank Assinki could not head clear and gave him a one-on-one situation against Danlad Ibrahim.
The Black Satellites hit the woodwork of the Hippos twice in the 11th minute when Abdul Fatawu sent in a corner from the right side of the pitch.
Ghana opened the scoring in the 22nd minute through Daniel Afriyie. He flicked home from the right near post via Abdul Fatawu’s corner.
The two sides shared possession equally in the first-half, but it was the Black Satellites who made one of their chances count to go into the break a goal up.
Daniel Afriyie doubled Ghana’s lead with his second of the competition eleven minutes into the second half. Precious Boah’s poor cross was deflected onto the Hearts of Oak winger’s path and he tapped home with ease.
The Hippos piled pressure on the Ghana defense and forced the goalkeeper out of his post for a ball which he missed but was covered at the back by his defenders.
Joseph Bukanya had a shot on target for Uganda in the 88th minute through a free-kick but his effort went straight to Ibrahim, who punched to safety. The game ended 2-0 in favour game.
Ghana would have qualified to play at the U20 World Cup in India, but it has been cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic.