The Black Satellites of Ghana have been evicted from the ongoing WAFU U-20 Championship after losing 1-2 against Burkina Faso at the Stade Général Senyi Kountche in Niamey, Niger.
The Satellites started the game on a brighter note and got a free kick in the opening minute which was wasted.
The Young Stallions also had their first opportunity in the 5th minute after Yacouba Konate was brought down for a free kick. Faad Sana took the kick but it went wide for a goal kick.
The defending champions came so close to scoring after Mohammed Yahaya was left all alone with goalkeeper Phillipe Mare, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
Burkina Faso opened the scoring account in the 33rd minute through Moussa, who connected with a powerful header from a cross.
Just on the stroke of half time, substitute Alex Sarfo controlled Mohammed Yahaya’s pass in the box and struck straight into the net to bring Ghana back on level terms.
In the second half, Ghana started well but couldn’t make it count.
Burkina Faso had a glorious opportunity to go in front after Haruna Dicko was left all alone, but a timely intervention from Eugene Amankwah ensured goalkeeper Gregory Obeng saved the situation.
Collins Boah came so close to handing Ghana the lead in the 67th minute but his long range efforts missed the target with the Burkinabe goalie totally beaten.
Just at the end of the game, skipper Abdel Rachid Zagre scored with a beautiful finish to make it 2-1 and subsequently won the game for the Young Stallions.