U-17 AFCON: Ghana 0- 0 (6-5) Niger: Starlets Qualify For Finals After Cracking 'Hard' Ménas In Penalties

May 24, 2017

 

 

 

The Black Starlets of Ghana have qualified for the finals of the ongoing Africa U-17 tournament in Gabon.
The twinkle twinkle starlets beat the Ménas 6-5 in a penalty shoot out after a goaless cracking 90 minutes of thrilling football.
Striker Emmanuel Toku scored the seventh kick to put the Starlets through to the finals.

The Black Starlets who looked the better side on the day survived a scare from a resilient Niger side.
Coach Paa Kwesi Fabin’s side  had been wasteful throughout the game missing several clear opportunities that came their way.
Skipper Eric Ayiah, Gebrial Leveh, Emmanuel Toku and Abdul Razak Yusif were all culprits as they missed their chances in the game.
Niger goalkeeper Khaled Lawali Ibrahim also denied the Black Starlets from finding the back of the net with some great saves.

Penalty misses from Niger duo Yacine Wa Massamba and Djibrilla Ibrahim Mossi saw the two-time Champions (Ghana) make their fourth appearance at the finals. They now wait for the winner between Mali and Guinea for the final on 28th May.

The Black Starlets reached the last four in a spectacular fashion, humiliating the likes of Cameroon and hosts Gabon to top Group A.
"We have also trained for penalties just in case because we are now in the knockout stages. 
"Niger has a very good team and I'm not going to single out any player in the team, we are going to get ready for them and we have prepared for any kind of eventuality," Coach Paa Kwesi Fabin said ahead of the game.

Their familiarity was steeped in a double-header of friendlies only last month as part of preparations for the tournament.
The Black Starlets scored two unanswered goals in both games - an obvious confidence booster for the Ghanaians.
All four semifinalists have automatically qualified for the world championship in India in October.

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