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Ghana beat South Africa for 2011 All Africa Games Gold medal

Posted: 18 September 2011 Time: 9:44 am

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah restored some pride to local coaches after his national Under-23 side took gold at the All Africa Games in Mozambique winning in a penalty shootout after South Africa and Ghana were tied at 1-1 after full-time. 

The Black Meteors triumphed 5-3 on penalties after a largely dull game to hand Ghana her first ever gold at this level and boost the credentials of coach Kwesi Appiah and local coaches after a string of high profile failures.

The competition in Maputo looked to be heading in the same direction after their opening day 1-0 defeat to South Africa.

AmaGlug-glug seemed to be heading for another victory on Saturday until Ghana was handed a dubious lifeline from the penalty spot in the last minute of regulation time. 

Riaan Eugene of Santos put South Africa ahead with a looping effort on 84 minutes but Ghana responded when they were handed a spot kick in the final minute of regulation time after Gilbert Fiamenyo is adjudged to have been brought down illegally. TV replays showed the South Africa defender got clean contact with the ball and not the man.

It did not matter because Accra Hearts of Oak striker Mahatma Otoo kept calm to draw the Meteors level.

The Meteors showed collective steel in the ensuing shootout too. Otoo converted the first well and after South Africa missed their second kick, goalkeeper Daniel Agyei scored before saving South Africa's fourth.

And when Ahmed Adams calmly converted Ghana's fourth kick, the Black Meteors celebrated a fine turn around.

It is a result that will give the country's local coaches a breather. Failure to qualify for the 2012 Olympics, the U-20 World Championships, the African U-17 event and the miserable showing at the Championships of African Nations left their reputation in tatters.

And while the quality of the competition of the All Africa Games means no over the top conclusions can be drawn from it, Kwesi Appiah knows he has scored decisive points for colleagues and their bid to repair their battered image. 

Previous comments on this story...

Dups!
posted: 11:51 am
Such a shame that the officials spoiled the game. I wish I could bring myself to saying congrations to Ghana but I can't, not that it is their fault but it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth when finals are won through the incompetence of the referee.

Anonymous
posted: 12:17 pm
I would like 2 say hard luck to Shakes and da boys, they tried only 4 da dubious decision that defeated them. I wonder if Ghana is superior as some Ghanians bloggers of this forum are saying. We matched them with the team that complies of 1st Division players and non regulars from PSL not even the best local team players. If they are superior they were supposed to trash us with that team but proved again that they talk more off da field instead of on da field.
21gun's ➽ ➽ ➽
posted: 12:49 pm
ahaaahaaa crying baby ,no matter what will happend ghana will win ,we did not use our real great players who defeated the flying eagles of nigeria sadly from the AAG ,this is a local team from ghana .

ghana rules

dont get it twisted

21guns
21gun's ➽ ➽ ➽
posted: 12:56 pm
stop crying once again even almighty brazil was defeated by ghana on penalties with 10 against 11 which makes ghana first great african country to win the under 20 world cup ,which i dont see no african country doing that in 5 or 10 yrs to come unless ghana has win it again.

no matter what the enemies will say GHANA HAS TAKEN THE GOLD AWAY ,

NO WONDER GHANA is KNOWN AS GOLD COAST.

dont get it twisted

21guns
Anonymous
posted: 01:07 pm
The referee did nothing to rob u(south africa) frm victory.Ghana was the better side.stop bragging because u cannot cry over spoilt milk.
Anonymous
posted: 03:20 pm
Congrats to our black meteors for calling off the bluffs of the young bafana bafana.we(black stars) will meet their senior team at the AFCON,12 and also beat them mercilessly.LONG LIVE BLACK METEORS&BLACK STARS,LONG LIVE GHANA.
Anonymous
posted: 04:32 pm
we never gave publicty 2 our boyz,well done bro shakes. At least you have 2 teams for the future.sum failed despite sasol & provincial sponsors &protection from their brother... Hi khensile mashaba
Anonymous
posted: 04:38 pm
psl &safa must thank bro shakes for saving face despite not supporting him,the boyz & tech.team. A big thank you from mzantsi
BLACKSTARS
posted: 04:53 pm
DAMN !! WHEN CAN SOUTH AFRICA EVER DEFEAT GHANA....THIS WAS A LOCAL PLAYERS IN GHANA AND YOU ARE THERE SAYING GHANA IS NOT THAT SUPERIOUR@ NKIZHI...GO TO HELL ALL SOUTH ARICANS COS THERE IS NO WAY YOU EVER DEFEAT GHANA IN FOOTBALL........
Kojo_shoot_the_moon
posted: 08:42 pm
@BLACKSTARS....can you just pass your comment without all the aggression...afterall this is just a soccer match.SMH.
Anonymous
posted: 06:41 am
Well done Shakes!!!
The Ghanian were lucky, the ref's decision looked really dubious.

Ghana, the team that RSA took to this tournament was our Under 23 B-Team.
Anonymous
posted: 09:37 am
@ Black Stars

GO TO HELL ALL SOUTH ARICANS COS THERE IS NO WAY YOU EVER DEFEAT GHANA IN FOOTBALL........

If u refresh your memory that right after the World Cup we did beat Ghana 1-0 and let's quit being insensitive because no matter what this are two great footballing countries respectively so Chief watch your language.
BLACKSTARS
posted: 10:58 am
GHANA WENT INTO THIS TOURNAMENT AND WON IT WITH IT'S UNDER 23 LOCALLY 'B' TEAM.....THIS SHOWS YOU THE TYPE OF FOOTBALLERS IN GHANA.....LOCALLY 'B' TEAM WON THIS TOURNAMENT WITH GHANA.....
21gun's ➽ ➽ ➽
posted: 12:56 pm
so cant this ring something in your ears or whisper into your ears that no matter what you people will say the gold is in ghana now ,and the local team b team of ghana has been welcome as national heroes ,for using LOCAL TEAM B TEAM TO SNATCH THE GOLD FROM S.A WELL PREPARED TEAM .

THIS TEAM IS NOT EVEN THE TEAM THAT DEFEAT FLYING EAGLES AND YOU PEOPLE ARE COMPLAINING BITTERLY ,IF IT WERE THE TEAM WHICH DEFEATED ALMIGHTY BRAZIL WITH 10 AGAINST ELEVEN LIKE IT WILL BE A MASSACRE.

dont get it twisted

21guns
Anonymous
posted: 02:42 pm
I love SA, but there's no way they will compare their team to Ghana's national team in terms of quality players. GIVE GHANA THE RESPECT SA.
goody
posted: 05:55 pm
Ghana took Some Rug players to the tournament but still prevail as the champions of the Tournament...............And what are you guys saying...Do you think that was the team that beat the flying eagles of Nigeria to qualify? Then you damn dreamin.....Those players were taking to the tournament untested..................Period...
JnrB
posted: 10:30 am
Good work there and weldone....
luise-hero
posted: 02:57 pm
am really enjoying this south-african-- ghana war of words lol some are blaming the ref why some are claiming to be superior let the debate goes on and on then i will give my final judgment
Podium
posted: 09:52 am
21gun, please stop your noise that meteos are better than amagluglu, you were given a dubious penalty moreover they beat you in the first Round. A point of correction, the Black stars beat the Dream team of Nigeria and not the Flying Eagles on away goals rule.Your team of Black stars regulars scored a vital away goal which our dream team did'nt score.The game ended 3:3. If your FA was bold enough they should have presented this team to the AAG against the dream team and you would have regreted it.
Podium
posted: 10:08 am
I can see that you 21gun is a loud mouth. You talk of your country,s triumph at the under20 level and that no other country except Ghana would win it in the next 5-10 years. You have forgotten that Nigeria was the firt country to win any age group football. Lets take the statistics, Nigeria was the first African Country to win the under 17 it was only after 6 years later that Ghana parading a string of overaged players like " Nii Odartey Lamptey" etc won in 1991. What about the Olympics, your misrable country has only a bronze to show even after 15years since Nigeria and 11 years since Cameroun won it,your country still has a bronze which she won 19 years ago. You have forgotten that Nigeria has won Silver at two separate U-20 world cups. Please, your country has only the u 20 to show as a fore runner in African football.Other Countries like Nigeria, Cameroun, Egypt has a better collection of laurels making them better forerunners than Ghana. Please shut your mouth a little.
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