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Ghana off to bright start in WAFU U-20 Girls Cup

 The Black Princess­es were off to a superb start to their campaign in the WAFU B Under-20 Girls Cup as they recorded a resounding 3-0 win against Benin Saturday.

Maafia Nyame, Captain Stella Nyamekye and Mary Amponsah scored to hand Coach Yussif Basigi and his team all maximum points.

The Princesses began the game creating goal-scoring chances but failed to utilise any as they were wasteful in the first 10 minutes.

Maafia Nyame could have hand­ed Ghana an early lead, but her shot from inside the box following a beautiful team play was saved by the Benin goalkeeper.

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The Princesses pushed for the opener, but their efforts were duly curtailed by the opposition. Faiza Seidu pounced on a loose ball inside the box, but her effort flew disappointingly wide.

After missing several chances in the opening stages of the match, Maafia Nyame eventually regis­tered her name on the score sheet to give Ghana a 1-0 lead at the break.

Coach Yussif Basigi introduced Mary Amponsah for Faiza Seidu after the break to inject some pace and energy upfront.

In the 60th minute, Stella Nyamekye made her own attempt to get onto the scoresheet, but her effort was deflected just over the bar for a corner.

Mary Amponsah doubled the lead for the Princesses when Helen Alormenu laid a beautiful pass to find her in the 61st minute.

Stella Nyamekye made her ef­forts count when she finally scored from a free-kick in the 68 minute.

Benin pushed for a consolation but were denied by the resolute defence and shot stopper, Afi Amenyaku as the game ended 3-0 in favour of the Black Princesses.

Ghana will play Cote d’Ivoire in the second Group A game on Saturday, May 27, at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium. -Ghanafa.org

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