Ghana Black Starlets made a great start to their campaign in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup when they beat South American side Columbia, 1-0. The FIFA U-17 World Cup taking place in India started today with the Ghana- Columbia game been the opening match.
Sadiq Ibrahim’s lone goal in the first half was good enough to see the Ghanaian young lads through for the three points.
Both sides started the game cautiously with a tight midfield, this made the game fairly balanced though the Colombians enjoyed most of the possession.
Ghana failed to create any decent chances upfront whereas their opponents ensured goal keeper Danlad saved four goal scoring chances in the first half.
A fine counter-attack saw Black Starlets captain Eric Ayiah make an incisive run down the left flank before delivering a pinpoint low cross that Sadiq Ibrahim duly converted at the far post for a 1-0 half-time lead.
The Colombians went in search of an equaliser after the break, with their best chance falling to substitute Deiber Caicedo. Yet, after breaking into the Ghana box from the right flank, his low effort went wide of the far post.
The Ghanaians decided to sit back back a little to soak the pressure from Columbia in order to protect their lone goal lead. This worked to perfection till the referee blew his whistle.
Ghana is due to play USA on Monday at 11:30 am (GMT) in their second game. USA also beat the host nation India in the second game of the day.
Line Up: –
Columbia : K. Mier, Cifuentes, T. GUTIÉRREZ (C), A. PEREA, L. CAMPAZ, B. GÓMEZ (46′), J. PEÑALOZA, R. MEJÍA, Y. MENESES, D. CORTÉS (68′), E. MARTÍNEZ (Yellow card)
Coach – Orlando RESTREPO (COL)
Ghana : DANLAD, YAKUBU, AYIAH, MOHAMMED, ALHASSAN, TOKU (88, A MENSAH), AMINU (82, LEVEY), YUSIF, MENSAH, IDDRISS (75) (GYAMFI), IBRAHIM (Yellow card)
Coach- Samuel FABIN (GHA)
Meanwhile their African brothers Mali lost to another South American side Paraguay 3-2 in the third game of the tournament.