Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu has made a big revelation on what he believes were key to success for the all conquering national U-20 male team in 2009.
Friday, October 2020 marked exactly 11 years since Ghana made history by becoming the first and only African side to annex the trophy at the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Led by the legendary Sellas Tetteh, a pool of talented young Ghanaian players crowned what had been an unvanquished adventure by beating Brazil via penalty shootout to win the ultimate.
Before the World Cup in Egypt, Ghana had won the WAFU Cup (West Africa Football Union), the CAF African Youth Championship and were huge favorites for the biggest of them all.
The tournament did not disappoint and put up sterling performances to advance past their respective opponents at the various stages of the competition.
Standing in their way in the final clash was power house Brazil and after a difficult game, penalty shootout was required to decide the winner.
After nail-biting experiences, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu decided the destination of the trophy by scoring the decisive kick to give Ghana a well deserved win.
Reflecting on all the memories, Agyemang Badu who now plays for Hellas Verona in Italy believes unity of purpose and a sense of selflessness within the setup helped the team realize this feat.
He made this known in an interview with Kumasi-based Silver 98.3 FM.
‘We all selflessly forged ahead to achieve a common goal. Everyone put the team first and there were no prima donnas’ Agyemang Badu told Silver FM.
‘We all went to make Ghana proud, so everybody was down to earth. Andre Ayew was at Marseille then, Daniel Opare was at Real Madrid, I was at Kotoko, Inkoom was playing for Basel in the UEFA Champions league, but we all worked together in harmony. It was always Ghana first.
‘We were keen on leaving a legacy behind so we will be discussed among great sports personalities. The unity in camp really helped. There was also quality in the squad as well.
Badu in the course of the interview relived those moments again and shared how proud he was with how everything turned out eventually.
‘How time flies, its 11 years, I pray one of our national teams breaks the record. Its been long. We won the WAFU, the Africa Cup and the World Cup, all in one year.
‘It will be difficult for any team to break this record but I hope it such happens.
‘I feel very proud to be alive today, to witness this wonderful anniversary of what we did for the nation. I feel so proud to be a Ghanaian and I feel so proud to be part of this historic moment.
‘I am grateful to God for making all this possible,’ Badu concluded.