The Black Satellites finished third at the 2013 Under-20 World Cup
after Joseph Attamah, Assifuah and Acheampong scored against Iraq on Saturday.
The game started in a fairly calm manner as both sides looked to seize up their opponents. Iraq, who were the far more adventurous of the two sides, looked to want the result more but wave after wave of attack met steely resistance from the Ghanaian defence boosted by the return of first choice centre backs Lawrence Lartey and Joseph Attamah.
The Iraqi's constant pressing off the ball was causing the Ghanaian defence all sorts of problems, with Princebell Addico, who had moved back to right-back, and Moses Odjer’s various forced errors putting the Ghanaian defence under some serious pressure.
Understandably, a strong sense of disappointment hangs over the Ghana
and Iraq camps at the Fifa U20 World Cup 2013
, as both came within a whisker of making the final but were stopped just short.
For all that, the teams are now looking forward to their duel for third place in Istanbul on Saturday. That is because the bronze medal would still rate as a great achievement, and also a fitting reward for an excellent all-round showing by the surprise package from Asia and the 2009 winners from Africa.
It has been an extraordinary tournament for Ghana, who opened with two straight defeats, scraped into the knockout stages as the fourth best third-placed team, and then twice came from behind to reach the semifinals.
Jordan Veretout and Ebenezer Assifuah
’s hopes of winning the Under-20 World Cup
for the second time were dashed after going down 2-1 against France in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
Florient Thauvin earned a double after the interval with Ebenezer Assifuah going for the Black Satellites’ consolation.
Thauvin opened the scoring with a neat effort in the 43rd minute which was cancelled out by Ebenezer Assifuah’s 47th minute strike. The current Best Young Player of France scored what proved to be the winner in the 75th minute.
France had the better start to the game, crafting chances for Digne and Bahebeck in the first five minutes but while the former managed to pull a save out of Ofori Antwi, Bahebeck saw his effort hit the side netting.
Michael Anaba and Florian Thauvin
coach Sellas Tetteh is confident his side can overcome France in their Under-20 World Cup semi-final
on Wednesday, despite having lost to their opponents in their opening Group A game.
That 3-1 defeat was the first time Ghana had lost a group stage match in six finals appearances.
They also went on to lose 1-0 to Spain but then beat the United States and South Korea to reach the last 16, where they beat Portugal 3-2.
And the Black Satellites set up a rematch with France after a 4-3 extra-time win over Chile in the quarter-finals.
Cesar Fuentes and Richmond Boakye
A dramatic 121st-minute goal from Ebenezer Assifuah has taken Ghana
through to the semifinals of the Fifa U-20 World Cup
with a thrilling 4-3 win over Chile at Istanbul’s Ali Sami Yen Arena.
The Black Satellites hero’s strike, his second of the match, completed a remarkable comeback in extra time and set up a last-four date with France on Wednesday.
This was a match that always promised goals and it did not take long for it to live up to expectations, with Ghana taking the lead inside 11 minutes. They did so with a strike that is sure to feature in the goal of the tournament, with 16-year-old Moses Odjer the player responsible.
2009 champions Ghana
will clash with tournament debutants Chile when they meet for their quarterfinal clash at the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup
. The match is scheduled to kickoff at 20h00 (CAT) in Istanbul on Sundayevening.
The Black Satellites qualified for the last eight after a turbulent 3-2 victory over one of the tournament favourites Portugal. In that match the lead exchanged several times before the west Africans struck late in the round of 16 match to knockout the Europeans.
Chile, on the other hand, have had a sterling debut tournament. This tournament has been dominated by South American heavyweights Argentina and Brazil in previous editions, but this time the Chileans and Uruguay have flown the South American flag very high in the absence of those two giants
The NFF have confirmed John Obuh has tendered his resignation letter as coach of Nigeria
U20 team after they exited Turkey 2013
NFF general secretary, Musa Amadu, confirmed the receipt of the letter which was delivered by agents of the coach.
"I can confirm to you that we have received coach Obuh's resignation letter," he said
"However we will have to study it and know the next decision to take whether or not to accept his resignation.
"In any case, Obuh is a great coach and has a very bright future ahead of him. He has handled the U17 and taken them to the World Cup and has twice led the U20 to the World Cup, so I think he has given so much."
managed to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Under-20 World Cup
with a hard fought 3-2 win over Portugal in their round of 16 game.
Goals from Kennedy Ashia, Michael Anaba and Richmond Boakye-Yiadom were enough to give the Ghanaians the win despite goals from Thiago Ferreira and Edgar Ie for Portugal.
The game started with two guilt-edged chances in less than two minutes for Portugal which were both wasted by Aladje to the frustration of the Portuguese. The Ghanaians looked shell-shocked after conceding those two chances and for the first five minutes looked like they will concede every time Bruma took possession of the ball.
must overhaul themselves against former champions and favourites Portugal at the FIFA U20 World Cup round of 16
tie on Wednesday.
The Black Satellites had to wait until the final batch of Group matches especially after Egypt's 2-0 win over England which ensured the 2009 champions finished as one of the best four third-placed teams.
Head coach Sellas Tetteh believes his side's narrow escape should spur them on and go the long haul in the competition.
Ghana must find an antidote to the attacking football of the A Seleção das Quinas led by dangerman Bruma who is the leading marksman at the tournament with five goals.
Diego Laxalt and Aminu Umar
's Flying Eagles were bundled out of the Fifa Under-20 World Championship
in Turkey after losing 2-1 in the round of 16 to Uruguay on Tuesday.
The West Africans once again failed to end the South American hoodoo hovering over their heads in the Fifa Under-20 World Cup as Nicolas Lopez's spot kick inside the last 10 minutes put them to the sword.
There was not much to choose from both teams with an even play in the first half though Nigeria had the better scoring opportunities.
Inside the opening 20 minutes, Aminu Umar's cross provided Olarenwaju Kayode with the best chance of the half from just six yards out from Uruguay's goal but he could not connect.