Ghana’s Black Starlets have been beaten to a pulp in their WAFU years tournament opener against Golden Eaglets of Nigeria on Saturday evening.
Nigeria produced a wonderful performance on Saturday as they started the U17 tournament with an emphatic victory over rivals, Ghana.
Ghana came out of their blocks quicker and played well in the opening 10 minutes of the game but failed to create any danger despite the large amount of possession.
Nonetheless, it was the Golden Eaglets who struck first when Emmanuel Michael gave them the lead in the 12th minute with a delicious left footed free-kick.
The youngsters from Nigeria got a second in the 43rd minute before halftime through Precious Williams after a poor goalkeeping to make things complicated for the stars.
After the recess, Jubril Azeez scored in the 53rd minute after goalkeeper Amadu Dembarah made an error to continue from where they left off.
Black Starlets were given a bit of hope as Abdul Razak Salifu pulled one back for Ghana in the 58th minute but Nigeria found a fourth in the 78th minute from a corner kick.
Ghana got a spot kick which was converted by captain Collins Agyemang in the 88th minute to make it 4-2 which was the final score.
A defeat for the Black Starlets as they kick start the campaign and Coach Paa Kwesi Fabin and his charges will need to improve.
The WAFU U17 tournament in Cape Coast is a qualification series for the Africa U17 Championship in Algeria in 2023.
By: D. N. A. MENSAH, Daily Mail GH /Follow the writer @SkipperWrites on Twitter