Ghana took firm control of their third-round tie with Guinea in the African qualifiers to India 2022 Fifa U-17 Women’s World Cup with a 3-1 away victory in Conakry Saturday afternoon.
The Black Maidens made their intentions felt quite early chasing the opening goal at the Stade Général Lansana Conté de Nongo.
And the reward for efforts arrived just after 13 minutes. Captain Georgina Aoyem led by example with a calm finish after her Pearlpia Ladies teammate and defender Zuleiha Fuseini headed down a corner kick into her path.
On 31 minutes, Pearlpia Ladies winger Rasheeda Sahadu doubled up for Ghana with a left foot strike that zoomed into the top right corner.
Heading into the break, coach Baba Nuhu’s girls comfortably led 2-0.
But the wounded Guineans came chasing a comeback in the second half and managed to halve the deficit in the 48th minute.
Right before the hour mark, the Black Maidens restored the two-goal difference. It was a goal from yet another player from Pearlpia Ladies – tireless striker Mariama Maltiti Iddi.
Goal number 4 for Ghana almost arrived in the 85th minute through Success Ameyaa but the midfielder saw her header cannon off the bar following a neat cross from captain Aoyem. 3-1 the game ended.
The reverse fixture is scheduled for Cape Coast Sports Stadium on April 30.
A successful negotiation into the fourth and final round could see Ghana battling one of Niger or Morocco over two legs.
The aggregate winner will pick one of Africa’s three slots to the India 2022 Fifa U-17 Women’s World Cup later in October.