24th May 2017 | by Team Media Officer
Black Starlets through to African Championship finals

Ghana progressed into the Final of the Total U-17 Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017 following   a 6-5 penalty shootout win over Niger at Stade de port Gentil on Wednesday.

The match did not produce a goal after the 90 minutes but it was the Black Starlets that emerged as winners when Emmanuel Toku scored the decisive kick afte Niger’s Djibrilla Mossi missed his kick.

The victory has eased Ghana into their fourth finals following victories in 1995, 1999 as well as being losing finalist in 2005.

But this crunch West African derby was not going to be a tea party as the game see-sawed from one end to another in the early minutes with both teams attacking and defending in numbers.

The Black Starlets on few occasions threatened on goal but nothing to show for their spirited efforts for almost half an hour. Minutes after, Niger broke away but Ibrahim Marou's lively shot was blocked away by Edmund Arko-Mensah.

At the restart, Ghana continued with their search for goal and Emmanuel Toku nearly broke the deadlock with a 60th minute well-struck free kick only for goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim to tipped it away. Ten minutes later, Ibrahim pulled the ' safe of his life' by blocking away Eric Ayiah's point-blank shot.

But Sofiane Habibou was almost breaking Ghana's heart when he struck the bar off a rebound free-kick in the 86th minute but both sides held on tenaciously till the end of regulation time.

On Sunday  at Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville, Ghana will play for the trophy against winner of the other fixture between Mali and Guinea while Niger play for  the third place.


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