Black Satellites qualify for Semi finals despite loss to Ivory Coast

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Ghana, on Saturday, suffered defeat at the WAFU Zone B U-20 tournament in Benin, losing 1-0 Ivory Coast in their final Group B encounter.

Ivory Coast needed at least a draw to make a second-round appearance after drawing 0-0 with Nigeria in their opening Group B game in Porto-Novo- Benin.

Black Satellites coach Karim Zito made five changes to the team that beat Nigeria 1-0 in the first game on Wednesday.

The first half was balanced as the two teams possessed the game creating few goal scoring opportunities.

Goalkeeper Ibrahim Danlad produced a great save to deny Mohammed Bamba from opening the scoring for the Ivorians in the 26th minute.

The Young Elephants lifted their efforts in the second half as they kept piling pressure on the Black Satellites.

Fofana Datro who was a torn in the flesh of the Ghana defence won a free-kick very close to the 18-yard box in the 60th minute.

Issouf Dosso stepped up and scored the only goal for the Ivorians with a stunning strike from the free-kick.

Ivory Coast top the group with 4 points followed by Ghana with 3 points as Nigeria exit the tournament with just a point.

The Black Satellites will now face Niger in the semi-finals.