Zambia squandered a 1-0 lead to make a painful early exit from the Senegal 2015 African Youth Championship on Thursday night.
An early goal from Zambia raised their hopes of keeping alive of qualification to the New Zealand 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup after losing 1-0 to Mali in their opening Group B match on Monday.
But a disallowed goal and two strikes from Ghana in each half saw them fall 2-1 in M’Bour.
Zambia took a first minute lead through Zanaco striker Davy Daka in the 1st minute but 25 minutes later, Ghana equalised through Abraham Attobrah.
Zambia were then denied a clear goal in the 42nd minute when Patrick Ngoma’s strike was unfairly judged to have been scored from an offside position.
Replays, though, suggest the goal was legitimate.
Zambia’s fate was sealed in the 84th minute when Samuel Afful put the result beyond doubt.
However, Ghana had goalkeeper Seidu Mutawakilu to thank in the final minutes of the match after denying Patson Daka and Benson Sakala to see them secure their fortunate passage to the semifinals and a place in the New Zealand finals in May.
Zambia face fellow winless side South Africa in their wooden spoon Group B clash on Sunday seeking a honourable bow from the tournament.
Meanwhile, Ghana and Mali are through on maximum six points each with a match in hand and they will battle for top spot in Group B on the same date.