Ghana U20 national team forward Emmanuel Antwi is confident of the Black Satellites’ eventual success at the ongoing African U-20 Championship in Senegal.
Ghana have qualified for the semi-finals after defeating South Africa and Zambia in Group B, but will face Mali on Sunday to determine who tops the group.
Antwi, 18, who is yet to be used in the competition, believes the current Ghana squad can repeat the heroics of those who won the trophy in 1993, 1999 and 2009.
“We want to emulate what they did, mostly the 2009 squad, by winning the ongoing African U-20 Championship in Senegal and also the World Cup in New Zealand. I believe we have the potential to achieve it,” Antwi told Goal .
Ghana are the only African team to have won the Fifa U-20 World Cup, and will be participating in this year’s edition after reaching the last four of the ongoing tournament in Senegal.
“I am eager for my debut which I know will surely come. We have won two games and everyone is pleased. I think we are on course.
“Our game against Zambia was very difficult, but we showed character. After conceding an early goal we fought back to equalize and win the game with just four minutes left on the clock. Everyone who has got the opportunity to play has proved himself,” he said.
Antwi, who plays for Liberty Professionals, has netted two goals in the Ghana Premier League, including a wonderful late minute strike against Wa All Stars at the Alhaji Sly Tetteh Stadium in Dansoman.
He has been described by local pundits as one of the emerging stars of the domestic league and has been inspected by scouts who discovered AC Milan’s Sulley Muntari and Rabiu Mohammed of FC Kuban.
“We are very united, no matter who gets the nod to play. We have a great squad with quality players. We can make it,” he said.