Ghana 2-0 Niger: Black Starlets ease past Niger in pre-WAFU friendly

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The Black Starlets, on Thursday afternoon, eased past their Nigerien counterparts 2-0 in a friendly match at the Accra Sports Stadium.

A goal in each half of the game gave the Black Starlets the morale boosting win over Niger who also used the game to prepare for the upcoming WAFU.

The goals, one each from Benjamin Hanson and Joseph Narbi ensured the Black Starlets are set for the WAFU Zone B U17 Championship with optimism.

Niger proved a strong opponent for the Black Starlets, but Laryea Kingston’s boys managed to break the deadlock before the break.

Benjamin Hanson beautifully converted a spot kick ten minutes before the break to give Ghana the lead after the Niger goalkeeper brought down Ebenezer Anane in the goal area.

Niger returned from the break stronger but the Black Starlets dealt with all their goal threats.

Joseph Narbi increased the tally for Ghana late into the second half after the Black Starlets brilliantly caught their opponents with a swift counter attack.

The encounter is the last preparatory game for the Black Starlets ahead of the WAFU U17 Championship which kicks off on the 15th of this month.

Laryea Kingston’s boys have been preparing for the tournament and will use the game against Niger to fine tune the side before the tournament kicks off.

The Black Starlets recently returned from Russia where they were engaged in the UEFA U16 International Development Tournament.

Ghana managed two wins and lost a game at the UEFA U16 International Development Tournament, and will be hoping to use the game against Niger to sharpen their rough edges.

Niger will be in group B with Nigeria, Togo and Burkina Faso while Ghana will be in group A with Benin and Ivory Coast for the WAFU Championship.

The WAFU Zone B U 17 Championship will be used as the qualifying tournament for the 2025 U17 AFCON.