Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Friday | October 16, 2009
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Ghana, Brazil Under-20 showdown

Ghana will be looking to become the first African team to win the Under-20 World Cup and stop South America's dominance when it plays Brazil in the final today.

Ghana lost finals to Brazil in 1993 and Argentina in 2001, while Brazil hope to win the tournament for the fifth time and move within one of Argentina's record of six titles.

"We're working hard to make this dream happen and it would be great to be only one behind Argentina," Brazil goalkeeper Rafael said.

With Ghana's senior team qualifying easily for next year's World Cup - the first African team through after hosts South Africa - the Black Satellites have made a strong impression of their own in Egypt.

Great impact

"It will be wonderful for us to leave with the cup on Friday, so that we push the senior national team to South Africa with a lot of promise," Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh said. "One or two players may make it to the senior team. This performance surely will have a great impact with the senior team."

But Ghana must first find a way past a Brazil team that has a rock-solid defence and shares the goals around, while Ghana's defence is weak by comparison and the team relies heavily on its two strikers, Dominic Adiyiah and Ransford Osei.

The pressure is more on Brazil, however. Not only are the Brazilians expected to win, but their fans will demand the style and flair clearly lacking during Tuesday's lacklustre 1-0 win over Costa Rica. Ghana defeated Hungary 3-2 in a far more entertaining match.

"Of course, there is pressure to win," Brazil coach Rogerio Lourenco said. "Anyone who coaches in Brazil knows this."

Brazil last won the tournament in 2003, and victory will make it five straight tournament wins for South American teams, guaranteeing a decade of total success with Argentina taking the last two titles and three of the last four.

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