On this day 25 years ago,Starlets won their 2nd world title

The Black Starlets of Ghana (U17) on this day in 1995 won their second World Cup title in Ecuador.

The young lads defeated Brazil in the final game by 3 goals to 2 courtesy goals from Baba Sule (39’), Abu Iddrisu (45’) and Emmanuel Bentil (49’).

Brazil’s consolation goals came from Juan (47’) and Marco Antônio (90).

Starlets manged to find their way through to the final after beating Portugal and Oman in the quarter final and the semi final respectively.

Ghana had great players who featured in the competition including former skipper Stephen Appiah,Charles Allotey and Joe Ansah.

The Estadio Monumental Isidro Romero Carbo was a wonderful backdrop against which to lift a trophy.

The iconic venue, home to Ecuadorian football club Barcelona in the city of Guayaquil, is flanked on one side by an estuary, which its rivers directly flow to the Pacific Ocean, and on the other by lush vegetation on a rising mountainside.


Top Row (L-R): Michael Abu, Nana Kwaku Attakora Amanianmpong, Kamara Dini, Patrick Allotey, Charles Akwei, Stephen ‘Tornado’ Appiah, Awudu Issaka, Christian Atta Gyan, Joe Ansah, Christian Saba.
Bottom Row (L-R); Baba Sule, Charles Allotey, Emmanuel Bentil © ,Bashiru Gambo, Richard Ackon, Abu Iddrisu, David Amoako and Raymond Fenny

Ecuador ’95 is remembered for the introduction of two new rules: the Golden Goal – which was not needed – and the use of time-outs, which were used by all teams except Ghana and Guinea.

Paa Kweku Eshun Talksafrica.com

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