Former Black Satellites and Black Stars legend, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu was among the likes of Andre Ayew, Gladson Awako, David Addy, Daniel Agyei to win the 2009 U-20 World Cup held in Egypt.
The former Udinese midfielder insists that the final penalty he scored against the Brazilians changed and transformed his life.
Ghana’s journey in 2009 is a story every African football fan is familiar with. As the first team from the African continent to lift the trophy.
Ghana lifted the trophy on 16 October 2009 against Brazil in a penalty shootout at the FIFA U-20 World Cup final in Cairo.
Badu scored the winning penalty for the Black Satellites after an extra time. That kick made Ghana the first African nation to win the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
In a one on one interview with the former Kotoko and Berekum Arsenal Arsenal on Atinka TV, he stated “The best goal I scored in my career wasn’t the one against The Pharaohs of Egypt but the winning penalty against Brazil in the finals of 2009 U-20 World Cup to lift the trophy.
“It has changed and transformed my career.” He told Edward King Akuffo.
Agyemang Badu calmly converted the penalty after swerving the Brazilian goalkeeper to the wrong direction of the post.
After graduating from the U-20 to cement his position in Ghana’s senior side, Agyemang Badu had a remarkable performance in 78 caps and 11 goals for the Black Stars.