Ghana Black Satellites have been eliminated from the 2023 WAFU Zone B U20 Cup of Nations tournament after drawing 1-1 with Ivory Coast on Thursday.
The Ghana U20 national team needed a win to progress to the semifinal of the sub-regional tournament. However, Samuel Boadu’s team came short in their final Group A game at the Stade Robert Champroux in Abidjan.
It means Samuel Boadu’s team finish third in their group with two points to wrap up their uninspiring campaign. Burkina Faso topped the group with 9 points to advance alongside Ivory Coast.
The Black Satellites began the tournament with a 1-1 draw against an unfancied Niger side, conceding a late goal in that encounter.
In their second game, they were humiliated by Burkina Faso 2-0 and also finished the game with 10 players before Thursday’s draw with the host nation.
This is the second successive WAFU B tournament the Black Satellites have failed to make a mark. A 2-1 defeat to Burkina Faso, AGAIN, in May 2022 in their final group game denied Ghana the opportunity to defend their title in the 2023 U20 AFCON.