Black Starlets ease past South Africa 3-2 in CAN-17 qualifier

Published on: 5 years ago

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

Ghana defeated South Africa 3-2 in the first-leg of the 2013 CAN-17 qualifier at the Sinaba Stadium on Saturday. 

Berlin FC striker Paul Asare (17) put Paa Kwesi Fabin's side in front before David Atanga (37) doubled Ghana's advantage.

Dressing room talks during the recess seemed to have worked for the Amajimbos as they halved the deficit in the 55th minute.

But Paul Asare restored Ghana's 2-0 advantage after cutting through the hosts defence to drill a powerful low drive home.

Emmanuel Boateng was a constant nightmare for the host with his deftly weighed passes and defence-splitting touches.

Thamsanqa Masiya capitalised on a defensive blunder by Yakubu Mohammed to give Ephraim Mashaba's side hope.

But the Ghana defence remained steadfast and hung on to win in Benoni.

Ghana host the South Africans in the return-leg fixture in a fortnight.

SA U17 XI: Jody February, Kabelo Seriba, Bongane Mathebula, Ayabulela Magqwaka ©, Rivaldo Coetzee (Sabelo Malunga 54th), Nhlakanipho Ntuli, Morne Nel, Bongani Khanyile (Siyanda Ngcobo 48th), Tlotlo Leepile, Ricardo Ndiki, Linda Bhengu.

Ghana U17 XI: Ali Mohammed, Asare Paul De-Vries, Yaw Yeboah (Gideon Waja 63rd), Isaac Twum, Thomas Agyepong  (Emmanuel Oti Essigba 61st), David Atanga, Emmanuel O. Boateng, William Dankyi, Nicholas Opoku, Yakubu Mohammed, Moses Odjer.


  • zambia is our toilet hole
    says: 5 years ago
    Well done boys,Good job,keep it up!
  • RAS ''AB''
    says: 5 years ago
    This seems that we are the best in Africa,very good perfumers you guys show us today,indeed everybody glad about this action that you guys prove today,,it means that, heart of Africa soccer is in Ghana,so therefore we wish to see best result for the next return match,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ayikooooooooooooooooooooooo ,,,,,,,,,,,ayikooooooooooooooooo......guys.
  • kantoose
    says: 5 years ago
    the boys are good. well done Fabin. time to finish it off in Ghana.
  • selfmade
    says: 5 years ago
    Just finish the job in Ghana and win us our third worldcup!!! It been such a long time and we can't wait anymore!! Viva the revolutionciiiiooo!!!
  • Maxwell Johnson
    says: 5 years ago
    Good show boys, now finish them off in the return leg in GH. We gotta start dominating @ the U17 level once again, its been a very long time.
  • Ghost Of Sparta
    says: 5 years ago
    Well done boys. But who writes the titles on this website? If you call a 3-2 victory an easy win, what would you call a 5-0 or even a 3-0 victory? Greetings, Al
  • Dr Who
    says: 5 years ago
    Congrats to the boys and Paa Kwesi for a good job done.I actually expected victory knowing how this boys hammered Orlando Wellington‘s U20 3-0 at the Accra sports stadium sometime back.keep the fire burning, boys and go for the ultimate.
  • john the baptist yalleh
    says: 5 years ago
    your caption must be fitting,akyereko come again.3-2 can't be easy or it's because of Yakubu's defensive gaffe. "starlets in stunning win',i believe, fits the bill.
  • john the baptist yalleh
    says: 5 years ago
    starlets in stunning win is more appropriate a caption.