Starlets qualify for Championship

17 years ago

Ghana ran out comfortable 2-0 winners over Ivory Coast at the Sunyani Coronation park to secure a place for next year’s African Junior Championship.

Ghana, thus join seven other African sides that have qualified for next year’s Championship after edging out Ivory Coast in the final eliminator on a 3-3 aggregate scoreline but with a superior away goal rule.

The Black Starlets beat the Junior Elephants of Ivory Coast 2-0 at the Sunyani Coronation park on Sunday to overturn a 3-1 deficit in the first leg a fortnight ago.

Sadiq Adams set the tone for Ghana’s qualification in the third minute when he slotted home from close range in the box of the Ivorians.

Ghana probed for more goals but failed thus ending the first half 1-0.

The Ivorians came into the game strongly after recess pushing for the equalizer.

But the Ghana defence who occasionally came under attack kept a clean sheet.

Ghana however turned the heat on the visitors as striker Ransford Osei increased the tally to make it 2-0 in the 70th minute.

On the stroke of full time, Ghana had a goal disallowed for an offside.

In a post match interview, Kevin Bossman who was ruled out due to a hip injury expressed delight in Ghana’s qualification.

“It’s a great scoreline for us. We worked hard for this game and we made it.

“I think we must expect real aggressive football in Togo,” he said.

Togo would be hosting the eight-nation tournament.