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Satellites shine past Amajita into finals
Ghana's Black Satellites sealed a place in the last two of the ongoing 16th African Youth Championship, Rwanda 2009, after 4-3 win over South Africa's Amajita on Wednesday in their semi-final clash.
The Ghanaians survived the last ten minutes of the seven-goal thriller at the Amahoro Stadium in Kigali to ease into the finals after the South Africans had mounted intense pressure in their quest to draw parity.
The South Africans, the first to qualify for the medal zone and noted for their swift play will start on a high note but failed to make any meaningful threat at breaking the deadlock.
The Satellites broke the deadlock on 25 minutes through attacking midfielder Dominic Adiyiah who connected home an inswinger from Isaac Donkor.
Leading striker Ransford Osei doubled the lead on the stroke of half time after slamming in a rebound after Amajita goalie Ngobeni Thela had spilled the ball unto his path.
The South Africans resumed positively and succeeded in reducing the deficit on 63 minutes through captain Bhengu Phumelele; only for Ghana capatin Dede Ayew to restore his side's two goal-lead 60 seconds later from a goalmouth action.
Seven minutes on, Osei grabbed his second brace of the competition and his side's fourth of the game with a superb strike that beat Amajita goalie Ngobeni.
The South Africans replied positively and midfielder Sorero Thulani reduced the deficit in the 73rd minute with a lone range effort that surprisingly beat Ghana goalie Daniel Adjei.
Three minutes to full time, Phumelele scored the third goal for the South Africans from the spot after Ghana midfielder Gladson Awako had fouled him in the penalty area.
The Amajita maintained dominance but the much needed equalizer remained elusive.
Ghana will meet the winner of the Cameroon-Nigeria clash in the final.
This the fourth time the Black Satellites, winners in 1995 and 1999 have qualified for the grand finale.
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