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Ghana beat South Africa to reach 2013 African U-17 Championship

Published on: 01 December 2012

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

Ghana's U17 boys, the Black Starlets, sealed their place in the 2013 African U-17 Championship after beating South Africa 2-1 in the second-leg qualifier at the Essipong Stadium on Saturday. 

Midfielder Emmanuel Boateng put Paa Kwesi Fabin's team in front in the 5th minute after converting from the spot before Emmanuel Essigba doubled the lead for Ghana mid-way through the first half.

The Starlets claimed the lions' share of possession in the first half but went to sleep in the second half as the Amajimbos returned from recess to narrow the scoring to 2-1 through Nhlakanipho Ntuli.

Ephraim Mashaba's side huffed and puffed to at least level the scoring but Ghana's Ali Mohammed pulled three world class stops to deny them an away point.

Ghana won the first-leg 3-2 at the Sinaba Stadium a fortnight ago and have qualified on a 5-3 aggregate.

Ghana failed to qualify for the previous Championship two years ago but coach Paa Kwesi Fabin will lead the Black Starlets, two-time World and African champions to the finals.


  • mr. babz says:
    December 02, 2012 09:22 am
    chidi u r ryt' .....coz hungry cup dey kill u ppl" so u've now gone back 2 ur thing again. "ibe u born am? laughing
  • Chidi says:
    December 02, 2012 08:11 am
    the Nigerian U-17 team is the best team in this tournament and even CAF recognized this...we have scored 25 goals and conceded only 2 so far against tougher opposition.
  • selfmade says:
    December 02, 2012 02:09 am
    Ghana,the Germany of African football.... i said early that we know how to qualify and play in major competitions!! Back in the days,south Africa were trying to be Ghanas bogey side but eversince we put them in their rightful place,they find it so hard to beat us!!!! I hope some countries are all ears!! Viva the revolutionciooooooo!!!
  • kuukuphilly says:
    December 01, 2012 11:40 pm
    Go conquer Africa and the world..
  • kuukuphily says:
    December 01, 2012 11:37 pm
    Gud job done."ayekooo".
  • Sergeant says:
    December 01, 2012 11:05 pm
    Keep it up boys and go for the ultimate.
  • ohene says:
    December 01, 2012 08:29 pm
  • ike says:
    December 01, 2012 09:43 pm
  • ike says:
    December 01, 2012 09:43 pm
  • Scholastic Icon says:
    December 01, 2012 08:10 pm
    Well Done Boys I Pray That U Bring The Cup Here In Ghana Next Year