Ghana Books a QuarterFinals Date with Mali
The two-time U-17 World champions, Ghana will move on to the quarterfinals after beating newcomers Niger 2-0 at the Dr. DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai. Ghana is now set to meet Mali on Saturday in what will be a repeat of the mouthwatering 2017 U-17 African Cup of Nations Final, which the latter won 1-0.
Ghana was relentless from the start, creating 13 attempts in comparison to Niger’s lone effort in the first half alone. Despite the Black starlets dominating the game, they couldn’t get the better of Niger’s well-coordinated defense and had to wait until the dying minutes of the first half to get past Niger’s goalkeeper Khaled Lawali.
Ghana won a penalty in first-half stoppage time after Frauk Idrissa brought down Eric Ayah inside the box and Captain Ayah stepped up to convert the spot-kick to get his third goal of the tournament.
Ghana had to wait for second-half stoppage time to get its second thanks to super substitute Richard Danso’s powerful shot from outside the box.
The two African heavyweights are joined by Spain, England, Brazil, Iran, USA, and Germany in the quarters and are the last African teams left in the competition following the elimination of Niger and Guinea, who leave India having won their first matches at any Fifa World Cup finals.
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