Starlets fall to Nigeria in U-17 final

The Black Starlets

The Black Starlets

Ghana’s Black Starlets, the male national U-17 football team on Saturday suffered a penalty shoot-out loss to Nigeria in the final of the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) zone B qualifying tournament which ended in Niger over the weekend.

Despite leading 1-0 before a disappointing equaliser, Ghana failed to live up to expectation at the shoot-outs, losing 1-3 to the clinical Nigerians.

Ghana thus misses out on the opportunity to represent the zone at the Africa U-17 championship to be held in Tanzania in 2019.

With the victory, Nigeria will represent the zone with heavyweights such as Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and other powerhouses of African football are set to miss out from the continental fiesta that is expected to produce candidates for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Nigeria will join Morocco, Cameroon, Uganda, Angola, and Tanzania for the final phase scheduled for Tanzania in 2019.

After a scoreless first half, Akinkunmi Amoo levelled the scores for Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets after Ghana had opened the scoring in the early stages of the first half.

Ghana’s Alhassan Uzair, Sampson Agyapong, Abdul Fatau Isaaku all missed their spot kicks with Ebenezer Adade scoring from the spot.

Nigeria’s David Ishaya, Sampson Tijani, Mohammed Ibrahim all scored from the spot with Amoo misplacing his.

Hosts Niger defeated Ivory Coast 2-0 in the third place match as Nigeria’s Sampson Tijani was adjudged the best player of the tournament.


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