Ghana beats Brazil in Cairo

Congratulations to Ghana’s U20 football team!

At the U20 Worldcup final in Cairo on Friday Ghana beat 4-time champion Brazil despite being one player down due to a red card in the 37th Minute. Neither team scored during regulation time and overtime, and so penalty kicks decided this game. This is the first time Ghana won this tournament and having accomplished this historic feat on African soil is especially significant.

Ghana’s exuberant coach, Sellas Tetteh, said victory would inspire the continent before next year’s World Cup in South Africa, and also help African teams lose the label of being physically strong but tactically weak.

“This is a wonderful historic event for Africa. Now Africans can believe in themselves that they can do it,” Tetteh said.

“We’ve shown them the way. Africa will surely have a lot of hope and confidence (at the World Cup) that they can do it like we did here.”

Ghanaweb.com, Sunday, 18 Oct. 2009

This is a very significant feat for Ghana and for football in Africa. Developing new talent is absolutely critical to success. I know that this victory will build even more excitement for next year’s Senior Worldcup in South Africa across the continent.

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