By Ameenu Shardow
Ghana’s U-20 team have dedicated their 3-0 win over Uganda on Saturday to the memory of the late President John Atta-Mills.
The nation has been mourning since the unprecedented death of the 68-year-old at the 37 Military Hospital on July 24.
The ex President, an ardent sportsman and chief supporter of the various Ghana national teams was buried on Friday, a day before the Black Satellites took to the field against The Hippos in the return encounter of the 2013 African Youth Championship qualifier.
Ghana needed a result following the 3-1 defeat in the first leg a fortnight ago in Nakivubo.
And the Black Satellites didn’t disappoint – hitting three past a tough Uganda side before an impressive crowd at the Tamale Sports Stadium to progress on a 4-3 aggregate scoreline.
The entire team have however dedicated the vital win to the memory of President Atta-Mills who died after a brief illness a little over two weeks ago.
“The technical, management and playing body of the team will like to dedicate this win to the memory of our late President John Atta-Mills,” the Black Satellites management committee chairman George Afriyie told GHANAsoccernet.com.
“He had profound lover for sports and we felt the need to honour his memory by winning this game for the nation.
“Thankfully, we were able to get the needed results and therefore its our collective prayer that the good Lord keep our leader safe and that he rests in perfect peace.”
Ghana will now face Morocco in the ultimate qualifier for the finals which will be hosted by Algeria next year.