Ghana U20 3-1 Benin U20: Black Satellites come from behind to edge Young Squirrels

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The Black Satellites have moved a step closer to the Afcon following a comeback win on Saturday

Ghana have one foot at the 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations following a 3-1 home victory over Benin in a third round first leg fixture on Saturday. 

Wafa attacker Richard Danso registered a double while captain Isshaku Konda netted the other goal to save the Black Satellites' blushes in Cape Coast after the visitors took a first half lead. 

The result puts the two-time African champions in pole position to make a return to the championship, having missed out in the previous edition held in Zambia in 2017.

With Ghana looking lost from start, Benin shocked home fans with a 28th minute lead through Saliou Allagbani's header. 

While the visitors' confidence grew by the goal, the Black Satellites conversely looked more disorganized by the minute until half-time.

After recess, Ghana presented a 'new' side, taking control of affairs and mounting the pressure on their guests. 

It was, thus, not surprising that they found the equalizer around the hour mark through Danso, whose shot benefitted from a deflection to find its way into the back of the net. 

Konda put the Satellites in front fourteen minutes later with a header following Enoch Atta Agyei's corner.

Danso then added his second of the game in the 80th minute, picking a loose ball before magnificently curling it into the net. 

The return fixture is set for next week in Benin. 

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The winner on aggregate joins seven other sides for next year's championship set for Niger. 

The tournament will serve as qualifiers for the U-20 World Cup later in that year. 

 

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