Ghana’s Black Starlets took a tricky step towards qualification to the 2017 African Under-17 Championship when they thrashed Cote d’Ivoire 3-1 in the final qualifying round first leg tie at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium.
Playing some beautiful football, the Starlets opened the floodgates in the first half through captain Eric Eyiah who added the second for the home team to take a 2-0 lead into the break.
After recess, the two-time world champions tightened their grip on the game in a bid to extend the lead, but the Ivorians defended gallantly to avoid total humiliation.
However, bent on the making the return leg a less arduous task, the Starlets continued to bombard the visitors who succumbed to Emmanuel Toku’s cracker in the poorly-attended tie. However, the Ivorians pulled one back in the dying stages of the game to give them some hope into the return.
The return encounter will be played in two weeks. The 2017 African Junior Championship will be staged in Madagascar from April 2-16.
By Times Sports Reporter