Ghana’s Black Maidens advanced to the final round of the 2020 Fifa Under-17 Women’s World Cup qualifiers with an 8-0 hammering of Liberia in Accra Saturday.
Already having a 2-0 first-leg advantage, coach Baba Nuhu’s side set up a date with Nigeria’s Flamingos for the final qualifying round with a 10-0 aggregate win. The Nigerians also hammered Guinea 11-2 over two legs.
Five goals under the opening 15 minutes set the Maidens on their way at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Started by Ophelia Serwaa Amponsah, the striker put Ghana in front moments after the first minute.
Restart after restart, the Maidens snatched possession and scored – Serwaa Amponsah made it 2-0 in the third minute; Salamatu Abdulai added hers before the former registered her third and fourth goals in the 12th and 14th minutes.
On 27 minutes, midfielder Elizabeth Oppong drove home a spectacular long-range shot to increase the tally.
6-0 the score-line stood till the break.
Four minutes after the hour mark, substitute Alice Sarpong won a penalty after being hacked down and went on to convert the resulting kick.
Another substitute, Tracy Twum made it 8-0 in the 66th minute.
Ghana chased further goals until the end and advance to the final qualifying round where three countries will be determined as Africa’s representatives to India 2020.
The Black Maidens will be facing the Flamingos of Nigeria. Per the current schedule, Ghana will be hosting the first leg on the weekend of May 2 while the second leg comes off May 16, 2020.