Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu has recounted his heroics against South American giants Brazil in the penalty shootouts at the 2009 FIFA U20 World Cup.
After a pulsating goalless draw in regulation time and thirty minutes extra time, the fate of Ghana and an entire continent had to be decided through sudden death.
With Ghana’s poor background in penalty shootouts, Brazil were staunch favorites to add to their title list. Bright Addae’s poorly taken penalty which was comfortably saved by the Brazilian goalkeeper, it appeared Ghana’s old time anathema – losing crucial penalty shootouts – had resurfaced
However, a miss by Brazil through the heroics of Daniel Agyei put Agyemang Badu in pole position to clinch Africa and Ghana’s maiden trophy at the youth level.
The diminutive midfielder would coolly plant the ball at the back of the net leaving the goalkeeper no choice but to resign to the ground while Badu sped off with his shirt off to celebrate with the fans at the stadium.
Eleven years on and the man responsible for bringing uncontrolled joy to Ghana and Africa recounted the build-up to his historic kick.
“It was a very difficult time to play the last kick taking into consideration the kind of game it was” he said on Hot FM.
“Sometimes I feel some credit also must go to Daniel Adjei our goalkeeper at that time, He was splendid and super on that day, he did all the job” he concluded.