Ghana’s Black Starlets defeated Niger 6-5 on penalties to book their place in the grand finale of the ongoing Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations.
Ghana had to endure a difficult 90 minutes as they fired blanks all game at the Stade de Port-Gentil on Wednesday.
In the first half, coach Paa Kwasi Fabin’s boys looked quite under pressure and turned up wasteful in front of goal.
The Starlets continued their dominance in the second half but were denied mostly by great work by the Niger goalkeeper.
Ghana had to survive a big scare three minutes from time as Soufiane’s raspy rebound from an initially poorly taken free-kick came off the upright.
The game travelled into penalty shootouts which saw captain Eric Ayiah missing one of Ghana’s kicks. Yacine and Djebilla however saw their efforts for the Mena Cadets fail to cross the line.
Emmanuel Toku stepped up to convert the 7th kick which hand Ghana a 6-5 advantage and the ticket to the final on Sunday.