Ghana to face Argentina, others

Yb1GHANA will be in Group B against Argentina, Austria and Panama in the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup after finishing third at the African U20 Championship.

The Black Satellites beat Mali 3-1 in the third/fourth playoff match in Dakar last Sunday to slot into Group B of the 24-team tournament in New Zealand.

Mali will face Qatar, Colombia and Portugal in Group D for finishing fourth.

Ghana start their campaign against Austria on 30 May and then against Argentina on 02 June before playing Panama three days later in Auckland.

The 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup runs from 30 May to 20 June.

Nigeria and Senegal play in the final with the winner facing Brazil, Korea DPR and Hungary.

The second-place team at the African tournament will slot into Group D which has Mexico, Uruguay and Serbia.

2015 FIFA U20 World Cup finals draw:

Group A: New Zealand, Ukraine, USA, Myanmar

Group B: Argentina, Panama, Ghana, Austria

Group C: Qatar, Colombia, Portugal, Mali

Group D: Mexico, CAF 2, Uruguay, Serbia

Group E: CAF Champion, Brazil, Korea DPR, Hungary

Group F: Germany, Fiji, Uzbekistan, Honduras

Meanwhile, Black Satellites’ coach, Sellas Tetteh has hinted at changes in his squad ahead of the World Youth Championship (WYC) in New Zealand.

Tetteh hinted at additions to the team after his charges avenged a group stage defeat to Mali in style, beating the Eaglets 3-1 to earn a bronze at the African Youth Championship (AYC) in Senegal.

He said that, “We have learnt a lot competitively. Fortunately or unfortunately, we have played very physical sides throughout.

“We are going back and we will do some replacement and subtraction to the team and with a little effort I am sure we will be ready for the World Cup.”

The Black Satellites will face Argentina, Austria and Panama at the group stage of the WYC fixed for May 30- June 20.

Ghana, winners of the 2009 edition of the WYC, defeated Mali 3-1 in Dakar on Sunday to earn the bronze, and weave their way into Group B for the 24-team tournament.

On his team’s win over Mali, Tetteh said, “It is a very satisfactory result. We worked very hard and got the results we wanted. I will not take anything away from my opponents because when we even went ahead 3-0, they were running all over the place.

“Yes, this victory is for Ghana, but I think it is more for Africa because this is how we should keep working so that when we go to the World Cup we can showcase Africa.”

The Black Satellites will face Austria in Group B opener on May 30, play Argentina on June 2, before concluding the group matches with Panama three days on.

They will be based in the New Zealand Capital City of Willington at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup.

Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Mali will represent Africa at the tournament.

*Ghana’s Black Sharks beat Uganda Sand Cranes 14-2 in the second leg of the CAF Beach Soccer qualifier played at beach soccer park Labadi on Sunday.

The Sand Cranes who arrived in the country a day before the game showed little intent and were totally dominated by their host.

The game was watched by a capacity crowd.

Uganda needed a victory of a margin of more than 4 goals to be assured of a slot at next month’s CAF beach soccer championships that will be held in Seychelles.

After losing the first leg 6-9 at home.

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