Uganda pounds Ghana in Kampala
Ghana's dream of regaining continental glory at Under-20 level were hit on Saturday after the Satellites lost 3-1 to Uganda in Kampala. Maxwell Konadu had named an attack-minded side that raced into the lead after just three minutes from Michael Anaba's strike.
The lead was short-lived as the home side drew level only five minutes later from Uganda's star player Julius Ogwang. Joseph Masande went on to build his side's momentum just after the hour mark as, on 36 minutes, he beat Muntari Tagoe again. Ogwang made sure the game was done before the end of the first half with his goal on 43 minutes.
Ghana had Frank Sarfo-Gyamfi, who has signed for South African Premier League side Maritzburg United and relied on Medeama's Jacob Appau as well as Benjamin Fadi for goals, but Uganda proved too strong.
The second leg second qualifying round for the 2013 African Youth Championship qualifier will be played at the Accra Sports Stadium in Ghana later.
Team Ghana: Muntari Tagoe; Siedu Salifu, Ahmed Adams, Lawrence Lartey, Jeremiah Akorful; Mumuni Abubakar, Joseph Baffour-Gyawu, Frank Sarfo-Gyamfi, Michael Anaba; Ben Fadi, Jacob Appau
Ghana subs: 53' Twumasi in for Baffour-Gyaw; 60' Emmanuel Gyamfi in for Sarfo-Gyamfi; 71' Sackey in for Jacob Apau
Unused subs: Richmond Nketiah, Godfred Adofo, Daniel Amartey, Felix Annan.
Uganda (u20) 3-1 Ghana (u20)
Goals: 3' Michael Anaba, Julius Ogwang (8',43'), Joseph Mpande (36')
Bookings: Julius Ogwang - 23', Isaac Sackey - 76', Abubaker Gigi and Ahmed Adams - 82'