Along with the festive mood of Diwali, the crowd in Navi Mumbai were treated to an all-African battle as Ghana and Niger clashed for the Round of 16 on Wednesday evening as the former reigned supreme by a 2-0 margin in the FIFA U 17 World Cup.
A penalty-kick from skipper Eric Ayiah just before the half time break (45+4′ Pen.) and a second goal in the dying moments by Richard Danso (90′) were enough to get the better of the West Africans.
It was in the added time of the initial half as the Black Starlets got the much-needed lead as skipper Eric Ayiah scored from the penalty spot following an offensive challenge by Niger defender Farouk Idrissa.
The two teams walked off at the half-time mark with two-time U17 World Cup champions Ghana enjoying the one-goal cushion.
In the 86th minute, Ghana were gifted another penalty-kick following Farouk Idrissa’s challenge inside the penalty area. However, captain Ayiah failed to convert the opportunity this time as his right footed shot was saved in the top right corner.
Just three minutes after this, Ghana scored the second goal and sealed their berth in the quarterfinal as Richard Danso’s shot from outside the box barged into the top right.
Ghana will face another African side Mali in the quarter finals of the FIFA junior mundial.
- Kickoff is Saturday, 11:30 am.
Mali beat Ghana in the finals of the African U 17 Championship with 1-0 scoreline and then 2-1 in a friendly just before the tournament in India.