NAVI MUMBAI: Ghana beat Niger 2-0 to qualify for the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 at DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.
The win earns the Black Starlets a quarterfinal clash against another African opponent in Mali on Saturday in Guwahati.
Ghana dominated the first half, creating 13 attempts to Niger’s lone effort. The West Africans created the first chance in the 25th minute, as Edmund Arko-Mensah’s powerful strike produced a top save from Niger goalkeeper Khaled Lawali.
The Ghanaians had to wait until first-half stoppage time to finally break through, as they were awarded a penalty after Eric Ayiah was cut down in the Niger box by Farouk Idrissa. The Ghana captain stepped up to convert the spot-kick for his third goal of the tournament.
The Black Starlets kept pressing forward after the break, with Gideon Mensah missing a great opportunity to double Ghana’s lead from close range. Ayiah could have had a second penalty goal after Idrissa fouled Emmanuel Toku in the Niger box, but Lawali was equal to his spot-kick effort.
The second goal would arrive in the final moments, as substitute Richard Danso’s strike proved too strong for Lawali to keep out of his net, as Ghana capped a convincing performance.