Black Satellites step up preparations for African U20 qualifier with 3-1 triumph over Might Jets
By Akyereko Frimpong Manson
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Two brilliant well-rehearsed first-half strikes lifted Sellas Tetteh’s Black Satellites side to a decent 3-1 victory over Ghanaian second-tier side Mighty Jets in an action-packed friendly game at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday.
Attacker Sam Tetteh registered the first goal of the afternoon for the Satellites with a 13th minute fine finish before King Faisal striker Sulley Mohammed cushioned the lead in the 22nd minute.
Nicholas Mensah halved the deficit for the Division One campaigners with an outstanding dispatch two minutes before the break.
Christopher Bonney, who was among the second batch of players, scored the third goal with a sensational long range effort.
This was a game that received minimum publicity but got attendance under an unexpected fashion with most Ghana Premier League clubs sending scouts to watch the side.
Hearts of Oak’s assistant trainer was spotted in the stands assessing the qualities of Bechem United playmaker Emmanuel Asante who is their target. Inter Allies scouts were also on attendance as well as Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi.
Sellas Tetteh was made to field a side that excluded the nimble-footed Patrick Asmer who was away with B/A United in the Division One Play-offs.
In his place, Sellas Tetteh introduced New Edubiase United midfielder Asiedu Attobrah who was involved in the opening goal but was taken off four minutes before the break after proving jittery and picking a ‘silly’ booking in the 36th minute.
18-year-old Leicester City U20 regular Aaron Opoku-Fordjour who is on trials with the side was left on the bench. The gifted forward had bagged 18 goals in 20 outings for his Leicester.
In a conducive atmosphere at Osu, it was the Satellites who claimed the lead just 13 minutes into the game. Asiedu won the ball back and played a quick 1-2 with Sulley Mohammed who centred for Sam Tetteh to finish.
The Satellites continued to boss the midfield and opened gagged space and created chances. Jets forced the Satellites to employ experience and Sulley Mohammed got the second goal.
A cross into the box was deflected back into the path of Sulley Mohammed who thumped the ball non-drop into the roof.
No major attacking incidents were recorded until 3 minutes before the break.
Joe Adjei handballed in the box and penalty was awarded to Jets. Nicholas Mensah gathered confidence and volleyed past Michael Sai in the Satellites goal.
Sellas Tetteh made wholesome changes during the bring but still left Leicester starlet Opoku on the bench and the second got a goal with Kotoko’s Christopher Bonney scoring from a belter.
But nine minutes to the end, the English-based was given a bite of the cherry as he was introduced for the injured and he was put through for a finish but he effort quirked wide off target.
Ghana U20 First Line-up: M. Sai; O Bempah, E Asante, Joe Adjei, L Abubakr, K. Yeboah, Francis Kumi, A Attobrah, F Agyei, Sam Tetteh, S Mohammed
Ghana U20 Second Line-up: M. Odom, C Bonney, E Asante, J Adjei, K Boateng, P Boateng, P Asare, I Quansah, B Tetteh, D Tetteh, N Martey.