On this day, October 16, 2009, a historic moment unfolded in football history. Exactly 14 years ago, the national U-20 men’s team, known as the Black Satellites, etched their names into the football annals by becoming the first African nation to lift the U-20 World Cup title on African soil. This remarkable achievement took place in Cairo, Egypt, at the Cairo International Stadium, the iconic amphitheater of Egyptian football.
Under the guidance of the legendary Selas ‘borbor’ Tetteh, the Black Satellites faced a challenging first half as Daniel Addo received a red card on the 37th-minute mark, leaving them with a numerical disadvantage. Undeterred, Selas Tetteh’s team played the entire 120 minutes, forcing the game into penalty shootouts after a goalless draw in regulation time.
In a packed stadium, with the weight of expectations on their shoulders, the Black Satellites triumphed in the penalty shootout, winning 4-3 and securing the coveted title. The pivotal moment came during the final penalty kick, expertly dispatched by former Black Stars midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu.
As Agyemang Badu stepped up for the crucial kick, the commentator, overwhelmed by the significance of the moment, delivered an iconic line that still resonates today and evokes fond memories of that historic final in Cairo:
Commentator: “Is it in Africa? Yes, it is.