Ghana’s Black Maidens opened the final round of the African qualifiers to the 2018 Fifa U-17 Women’s World Cup with a 9-0 win away to Djibouti Friday afternoon.
The match was played at the El Hadj Hassan Gouled Aptidon Stadium.
Suzzy Dede Teye kicked off the scoring in the 27th minute before top scorer of the African qualifiers, Mukarama Abdulai hit a quick-brace in the 40th and 42nd minutes. Abigail Tutuwa made it 4-0 a minute before the break.
And right after recess, Mukarama, the Ghana skipper completed a hat-trick, raising her overall tally to eight goals.
Jacqueline Owusu (48), Fuseina Mumuni (78), Milot Abena Pokua (79) and Adama Alhassan completed the emphatic victory two minutes from regulation time.
The nine-goal advantage puts Ghana in pole position to secure their sixth successive U-17 Women’s World Cup ticket.
The return leg is set for the Cape Coast Stadium on February 18.
Uruguay will host the 2018 Fifa U-17 Women’s World Cup from November 13 to December 1.
Ghana XI vs Djibouti: Grace Banwaa – Tedinah Ataa Sekyere, Adama Alhassan, Nina Norshie, Justice Tweneboah, Azumah Bugre/54′ Doris Boaduwaa, Suzzy Dede Teye/39′ Ama B. Appiah, Jacqueline Owusu, Mukarama Abdulai (c)/69′ Milot Abena Pokuaa, Fuseina Mumuni, Abigail Tutuwaa
Unused substitutes: Yaa Agyeiwaa, Susan Ama Duah, Barikisu A. Rahman, Cynthia F. Kohnlan