The Black Satellites have conquered the continent, however can these gifted people construct on that success?
Ghana have been victorious within the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations earlier this month, defeating Uganda within the ultimate to win their fourth title.
Their newest success comes on the again of earlier triumphs in 1993, 1999 and 2009, whereas they have been additionally defeated finalists in 2001 and 2013.
Nevertheless, that success at youth stage is but to translate to senior stage—Ghana haven’t gained the Nations Cup since 1982—whereas a few of the stars of these successes haven’t construct careers on the prime of the game.
Michael Essien, the standout performer on the 2001 event, was one gleaming exception, as he transitioned from that run to the ultimate to get pleasure from nice success in Europe, notably with Chelsea.
Nevertheless, the likes of Ransford Osei, Yaw Yeboah and Francis Narh have been unable to develop into superstars regardless of impressing at youth stage.
Narh, for instance, gained the Honest Participant of the Match prize in 2013, however was final seen in Belarusian soccer with Slavia Mozyr, whereas his teammate Lawrence Lartey by no means made it out of Africa, signing for Ethiopians Hawassa Kenema in 2017.
What about Osei, each the Participant of the Match and the highest scorer in 2009?
He moved to FC Twente on the again of that magnificent marketing campaign, having beforehand signed for Maccabi Haifa, nonetheless, by 2012 he was again in Africa with Bloemfontein Celtic, and subsequently returned to his homeland with Asante Kotoko.
The hitman, now 30, returned to Europe with Finnish aspect RoPS in 2016, however reportedly hung up his boots in 2018 after that includes for Lithuanian aspect FC Palanga.
In fact, Osei by no means got here near realising his immense potential, however will his successors within the present U-20 Ghana aspect keep away from the pitfalls that stymied his progress?
It’s one of many sizzling matters addressed on this week’s African Soccer HQ episode, as Malek Shafei welcomes Prince Narkortu Teye onto the podcast to debate the Black Satellites’ achievement in Mauritania.
How did he charge the workforce’s efficiency because the clinched the title on the U-20 Afcon, and what are the prospects for the likes of Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh, Percious Boah and Ibrahim Danlad as they give the impression of being to get pleasure from lengthy and profitable careers within the sport?