Ghana’s Black Princesses held Cameroon to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their 2018 Fifa U-20 World Cup qualifying final round tie on Sunday afternoon.
Striker Alecandra Takounda Engolo put the Indomitable Lionesses ahead in the 11th minute with a free header following a free-kick from outside the box.
Cameroon held on to the lead till the break at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.
Seven minutes after the start of the second half, free-scoring forward and skipper Princella Adubea put Ghana back on level pegging, 1-1 with her ninth goal in the African qualifiers to France 2018.
The score line remained same till Congolese referee Chancelle Cynthia Ngakossa blew her final whistle.
To secure a fifth straight ticket to the U-20 World Cup, Ghana will need a barren draw or any kind of win when they host the return leg at Cape Coast Stadium on Saturday January 27.
The 2018 Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup is scheduled for 5–24 August.
Bawou Ange – Nzié Thérèse (c), Monkam Henriette, Tsadjia Dolores, Moumazim Michelle, Adama Raissa – Dabda, Djoubi Soline , Ndzana Colette – Alexandra Takounda, Ngah Manga
Martha Annan – Justice Tweneboaa, Gladys Amfobea, Blessing Agbomadzi, Philicity Asuako – Grace Asantewaa, Ernestina Abambila – Grace Acheampong, Olivia Anokye, Princella Adubea – Helena Obeng/82′ Ruth Anima