Ghana win Four Nations tourney

SWAKOPMUND: The Ghanaian under-17 national team are the new champions of the Four Nations football tournament after defeating a German Westphalia team in the final on penalties here on Sunday.

Hosts Namibia ended fourth after losing to South Africa (1-2) in the third-place play-off.

The resilient Ghanaians thereby ended Westphalia’s dominance at the Four Nations international friendly tournament for the last two occasions in 2010 and 2012.

Westphalia striker Tobias Tellio opened the scoreboard in the first-half, but Ghana’s Tanor Collins equalised in the second half, forcing the match to a penalty shootout after full time.

Ghana won the penalty shootout by four goals to two (4-2).

Ghana’s assistant coach Nurudeen Amadu said the tournament was a good development platform for his players.

“For the first time our under-17 players got exposed to international football, and this is a good thing because they now know how it feels like to play against other nations at a young age.

Playing at this tournament will also help us decide on the players to select again when we play in the youth qualifiers in July,” he said.

On his part, Westphalia coach Carsten Busch seconded Amadu’s statement that the tournament was a great experience for his players who have never played in Africa before.

He said it was a good learning experience for them, and will them prepare for their country’s under-18 youth tournament in the near future.