Starlets held 2-2 in Tanzania

Ghana’s U-17s surrendered a two-goal lead in the dying embers of a friendly against Tanzania on Monday.

The Black Starlets recorded the opening goal through Sulley Ibrahim who collected the ball from midfield, drifted away from his markers to the right before hitting his low shot into the net.

Ghana scored again in the 76th minute from a free-kick. Arko-Mensah’s goal-bound left-footed effort was further aided into the net by Serengeti Boys goalkeeper Ramadhan who failed in his bid to push the ball way.

Tanzania however staged a massive comeback as the game travelled 10 more minutes after regulation time at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam.

A controversial penalty awarded to the side was converted by Assad Juma before Muhsin Malima restored parity.

The draw meant the Tanzania under-17s kept their unbeaten home record. They are scheduled to leave for Morocco to hold their final preparations for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations.

Ghana’s Black Starlets on the other hand will return home to prepare for another friendly against Niger at the Accra Sports Stadium on April 16.

The 12th edition of the Under-17 Afcon comes up in Gabon from May 21 to June 4. The semifinalists at the competition seal qualification for the Fifa U17 World Cup in India later in October.

Ghana are in Group A of the Afcon with hosts Gabon, Guinea and Cameroon. –

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