Ghana beat Niger to book spot in quarter-finals

Mindy Sparks
October 19, 2017

Ghana's goals were scored by captain of the side, Eric Ayiah, who converted a penalty in extra time of the first half.

An Ibrahim Sulley, Emmanuel Toku, Gabriel Leveh and Isaac Gyamfi midfield for the Starlets made things hard for Niger to find their rhythm for most parts of the game, which resulted in two penalties for Ghana, with captain Ayiah's second penalty in the 86th minute being saved by Khaled Lawali in post for Niger. Niger had a chance towards the end but to no avail.

Danso, who was given some free space by the Niger defenders, took a couple steps inside the box and fired a right-footed thunderbolt.

Ghana had 67 per cent ball possession, forced 16 corner-kicks, attempted 23 shots from which six were blocked and missed a penalty-kick. Niger, on the other hand, had four shots, none of them being on target. In the end, it needed a lapse on the part of an opposition defender and a piece of individual brilliance to see Ghana through.

"This time we are going to make sure that we beat Mali". We just want to see that you did your best and your best was enough so whatever happens tomorrow, you are going to travel to a very far place, it's nearly at the border of the town and it's on a hill and it's a little bit colder but Ghana is colder than Mali so at least you have an advantage, you shouldn't worry about that because there in the desert, so follow what your coach is telling you. "We created so many chances but erratic shooting and indecision robbed us off many goals". "Every team coming to the World Cup wants to win and we think the same way", said Niger coach Ismaila Teimoko. "We need to work on the final result", he added. Both last faced off in the African U-17 championship with Mali winning the title.

"Already, we are ranked 15 out of the 24 teams that are playing in the World Cup. From here on, we are expecting better, but we have already accomplished big things", Tiemoko said, explaining the defeat.

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