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Upadated: Ghana U17 defeat Cameroon 2-1 in Yaounde - Agyiri, Issah score

Published on: 13 September 2014
The Black Starlets in their match against the Cameroonians on Saturday

Two first-half goals by the Black Starlets helped Ghana's U17 to beat Cameroon 2-1 on Saturday in Yaounde in the first-leg of the final qualifier for 2015 African Under-17 Championship.

Ghana's U17 national team Black Starlets served their intention of dominating the world again when pulling off the amazing feat in Yaounde on Saturday.

The two-time world champions pulled off the amazing away feat when they dominated the Cadet Lions in the first-leg of the final qualifier the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.

All the three goals in the match were scored in the first-half. 

The Black Starlets opened the scoring in the 31st minute when Ernest Agyiri headed in a an unstoppable corner which left goalkeeper Cedric Djomo of Cameroon stranded at the far post.

That goal came only to confirm the dominance of visitors from the beginning of the match.

The Black Starlets took control of the game since the blast of the whistle by being present on all the ball, imposing the pace of play on the Cadet Lions.

While the Cameroonians were expected to respond, it was the Black Starlets who increased the score four minutes from half-time through Issah Abass.

But the Cameroonians had other ideas as the fourth official showed two minutes of added time, captain Martin Hongla sounded the warning of revolt against the Ghanaians. 

From his position as a central defender he played a one-two with a team-mate before unleashing a piledriver from 30 meters which meandered it way by grazing the crossbar before beating agile goalkeeper Benjamin Asiedu to make the score 2-1.

On resumption, Joseph Atangana, the Cameroon coach makes some changes. Cameroonians, obviously determined to impose themselves on the Ghanaians, yet all their attacks were neutralized in the last 30 meters by the Ghanaian defence.

Physically, there was no match. Ghanaians were the masters of the game. Sakava Sangoula and Bayemi Nguidjol, lively and good dribblers were too light for the Black Starlets to worry about. Ghana maintained its lead until the final whistle.

To snatch the ticket of qualification, the Cameroonians will need to win the game in two weeks.

Another defeat or a draw would result result in the elimination of Cameroon; winning the match by the same score on Saturday, both teams would go to a penalty shoot-out; as a victory for Cameroon by one goal to nil.

Winning the game by 2-0 or two away goals, the Cubs would qualify. A win by the Lions Cadets from three goals would open the doors of Niger to Cameroon.

Coach Paa Kwesi Fabin and his Black Starlets have two weeks to prepare to seal qualification.


 Ghana and Cameroon enter a decisive first-leg duel in the qualifying for the 2015 African Under-17 Championship on Saturday aware of the high stakes.  Paa Kwesi Fabin’s team is away in Yaounde for the third round match which will see the overall winner qualify for the finals alongside hosts Niger.  The Black Starlets, who drew a bye in the first round, will be playing their first competitive fixture in the qualifying after their previous round opponents; South Sudan pulled out of the competition.  However, a combination of fixtures, both domestic and international has given Fabin’s side some competition as they come up against a much stronger Cameroonian side, who reached this stage after defeating Burkina Faso at home.  “It’s a big game for us and the players are aware of the stakes at this stage of the competition. We need a good result from the first leg before thinking about the return leg,” Fabin said.  Getting off to a winning start in the two-leg contest will set Fabin’s youngsters on the path to qualification, or perhaps more importantly to avoid defeat.

With the second-leg scheduled to be played in Ghana in two weeks' time, the Black Starlets fancy their chances of reaching the tournament to be played in Niger.


This article has 7 comment(s), give your comment
  • paradox says:
    September 14, 2014 05:25 am
    in other news Zambia under 20 beat Uganda under 20 two goals to nil.
  • Richard Berko says:
    September 14, 2014 11:47 am
    Good Play, very discipline, tactically superb. Thumbs up coach Paa Kwesi Fabin
  • Richard Berko says:
    September 14, 2014 11:50 am
  • living says:
    September 13, 2014 06:17 pm
    Congrats guys. Hope you'd complete the double come the return match.
  • Chu says:
    September 13, 2014 06:29 pm
    good job. hope Paa Kwesi won't relax for the second leg
  • selfmade says:
    September 13, 2014 08:06 pm
    Ghana are now beating teams away... First, it was Gabon, followed by the black stars heroics of putting three solid goals against the hawks of Togo in a capacity crowd staduim albeit a charge one to silenced the home crowd and now, the babe stars or the twinkle twinkle lil stars has follow the lead! Ghana has an awesome record in Cameroon!! I quite remember, the bs went there and beat the indomitable lions by 4 goals to 1.... Our away performances is better than our home and that's a mark of any GREAT FOOTBALLING NATION!
  • lukman says:
    September 13, 2014 08:45 pm