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The Satellites recovered from a low start to ensure they conquered Africa once again

A brace from Daniel Afriyie was what Ghana needed to defeat Uganda in the Africa U20 Cup of Nations final at the Olympic Stadium in Nouakchott on Saturday night. 

It was the debutants who settled fast and had a massive opportunity to score the opening goal after just three minutes. He received a long ball, held off Frank Assinki but with the goalkeeper to beat he blasted the ball over.

In the 11th minute, the East Africans survived a scare as their opponents struck the woodwork twice from a corner. 

The Ghanaians looked hungry for an opening goal and attacked with every opportunity they got. On the other hand, the Ugandans gave as much as they received hoping they would get their opponents on counter attack.

In the 17th minute, the former champions won a free-kick in a good area. Uzair Alhassan took it but goalkeeper Jack Komakech had no problem collecting the ball.

The Satellites took the lead after 21 minutes when Afriyie beat Kenneth Ssemakula to the ball from a corner, giving the goalkeeper no chance.

The Hippos had a chance to equalise when their opponents conceded a free-kick from 25 yards. Isma Mugulusi took it but it went just as far as the wall.

In the 50th minute, Ghana doubled their advantage. Striker Percious Boah outpaced the Hippos defenders before setting up the advancing Afriyie who wasted no time in completing his brace.

It was a goal that eased the pressure for the Ghanains as Uganda looked frustrated after conceding.

It is the fourth title for the Satellites. In 1993, they won their first title after beating Cameroon in the final. Hosts of the 1999 edition, the Satellites handed Nigeria a 1-0 defeat in the final. 

In 2009, Ghana, having won the sub-regional Wafu Zone B Cup, beat Cameroon once again to lift the trophy before going on to rule the world. 

Ghana XI: Danlad Ibrahim, Philomon Baffour, Frank Kwabena Assinki, Emmanuel Essiam, Percious Boah, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh, Mohammed Sulemana, Patrick Mensah, Abdul Fatawu Issahaku, Samuel Abbey-Ashie Quaye, Uzair Alhassan

Uganda XI: Jack Komakech, Abdu Azizi Kayondo, Musa Ramathan, Gavin Kizito, Kenneth Ssemakula, Steven Sserwadda, Isma Mugulusi, Ivan Asaba, Richard Basangwa, Bobosi Byaruhanga, Derrick Kakooza. By Seth Willis, Goal

The Black Satellites boss talks about his team's continental adventure in Mauritania ahead of Sunday's climax 

Ghana coach Abdul Karim Zito believes his players need to be spurred on by a rare opportunity to enter the nation's football history books ahead of Saturday's Africa U20 Cup of Nations final against Uganda.

On what will be Ghana's national Independence Day, the Black Satellites will lock horns with the young Cranes at Stade Olympique in the Mauritanian capital of Nouakchott.

Ghana head into the game on the back of a 1-0 victory over Gambia in the semi-final. Uganda, meanwhile, handed Tunisia a 4-1 defeat to book a date in the climax. Goal

The site of the crash in Rolling Hills Estates in Southern California - US media footage showed the car flipped onto its side near the road in Los Angeles - AP

Tiger Woods has suffered serious injuries in a car crash and was pulled from his vehicle by firefighters in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning.

Woods' car sustained "major damage" in a "single-car accident" on Rolling Hills Estate just after 7am, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office.

Images from the scene appeared to show the car's bonnet caved in and its air bag inflated.

Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent, issued a statement saying the golfer sustained "multiple leg injuries" and was currently in surgery.

An LA County Sheriff's Office source told TMZ website that they do not believe alcohol was involved but they did not say whether any other substance was possibly involved.

 

Woods, 45, was in California for a two-day shoot with Golf Digest/GOLFTV after serving as host for the PGA Tour's Genesis Invitational over the weekend.

The car Woods had been driving appeared to be a Genesis Invitational courtesy vehicle.

Woods had been giving lessons to a number of celebrities. He did not play himself, however, as he is recovering from back surgery.

The surgery to relieve a pressurised disc fragment that was pinching a nerve was his fifth on his back since his spinal fusion in April 2017.

Woods, 45, was in California for a two-day shoot with Golf Digest/GOLFTV - GETTY
Woods, 45, was in California for a two-day shoot with Golf Digest/GOLFTV - GETTY

"The driver and sole occupant was identified as PGA golfer Eldrick 'Tiger' Woods.

"Mr Woods was extricated with the 'jaws of life' by Los Angeles firefighters and paramedics, then transported to hospital to ambulance for his injuries," the Sheriff's Office tweeted on Tuesday.

Woods was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs in 2017, when he was found to have two types of painkillers and two sleep drugs in his system.

In 2009, Woods drover his car into a tree and a fire hydrant outside his home in Florida following a row with his then-wife Elin Nordegren.

His fellow golfers quickly took to Twitter on Tuesday to express their shock at the incident.

British golfer Ian Poulter said: "Thoughts are with @TigerWoods and others involved, wishing a speedy recovery and I hope the injuries are not bad."

Woods, one of the most successful golfers in history, has won 15 major championships. Yahoo News

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