Black Starlets fall short in U-17 AFCON qualification with defeat to Burkina Faso


The Black Starlets’ aspirations for a spot in the upcoming U-17 Africa Cup of Nations were dashed on Saturday following a defeat to Burkina Faso.


Ghana endured a 2-1 loss against the Stallions at the University of Ghana Stadium, exiting the WAFU B U-17 Africa Cup of Nations at the semifinal stage.


After Burkina Faso took an early lead, Joseph Narbi managed to equalize in the first half for Ghana. However, the Black Starlets couldn’t add to their tally as Asharaf Tapsoba scored twice for Burkina Faso.


Tapsoba capitalized on a defensive lapse to score the opener in the 12th minute.


Laryea Kingston’s team responded well, dominating possession and creating several scoring chances that went unconverted. Their perseverance paid off in the 27th minute when Joseph Narbi curled a shot into the top right corner, leveling the score. The goal was set up by an excellent long pass from Nortey.


The teams went into halftime tied at 1-1.


Early in the second half, Burkina Faso reclaimed the lead. Just three minutes in, Tapsoba exploited a gap between Ghana’s center-backs, made a decisive run, and slotted a low shot past Armah to make it 2-1.


Despite Ghana’s persistent efforts to find another equalizer, they were unable to penetrate Burkina Faso’s solid defense.


As the final whistle approached, Kingston’s team couldn’t overturn the deficit, ultimately losing 2-1.

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