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Ghana thrilled by historic title

By Matthew Kenyon
BBC Sport in the Cairo International Stadium

Sellas Tetteh is raised aloft by Ghana's winning players
Sellas Tetteh is raised aloft by Ghana's winning players

Ghana coach Sellas Tetteh said it meant "everything" to see his side become the first African team to win the under-20 World Cup.

The Black Satellites beat Brazil in a penalty shoot-out after Friday's game in Cairo finished goalless at the end of extra time.

Ghana had a player sent off in the first half but held on and then secured victory in the shoot-out.

Tetteh said: "It's something people have to speak about, it's everything."

And he praised his side for the way they dealt with Brazil's attacking force.

"We were tactically strong, we frustrated the Brazilians when we were one man down.

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"We were well composed, we made less mistakes and when it went to penalty kicks we were determined because we have come from far, and we were well motivated to win."

What is more, the coach claimed that when the shoot-out was on, he knew his side were going to take the title, even though they initially went behind.

Talking about his opposite numbers on the Brazil bench, Tetteh said they seemed more concerned by the spot-kicks than Ghana.

"One side were more worried than the other side. We knew we were going through."



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