A few weeks back I posed the question; can an african side win a world cup on african soil? Well tonight that question will be answered when Ghana’s under 20 side (the Black Satellites) take on the mighty Brazil in Cairo.
Ghana have light-up the tournament with their attacking approach, winning the support of many neutrals who will no doubt be cheering the Ghanaians on enthusiastically later tonight. If they win Ghana will become the first African side to be crowned FIFA Under 20 World Cup champions.
It really is a fascinating match-up; the most free scoring team in the competition, Ghana, with 16 against one of only three team to concede just 3 goals in the whole tournament. Ghana have not yet come up against a side as well organised – both defensively and offensively – as Brazil, but on the flip-side the Brazilian defence has not been tested defensively to the degree that Adiyiah and Osei will hopefully do.
As many of you have already pointed out, the area most likely to determine the outcome of this game is the Ghanaian defence. Both Inkoom and Addy will have their hands full with Teixeira, not only in general build up play, but more potentially in the transition. We’d all hope Jonathan Mensah will start after returning from suspension, the Black Satellites best central defender will control that defensive line far better than his colleagues did in the second half against Hungary.
The hope is that after Brazils less than convincing performances against Germany and Costa Rica that they’ve run out of steam, but we all know that you should never right-off the Brazilians at any level.
For those of you who do not have Eurosport, you can stream the match from one of the following website:
COME ON GHAHA!