Ghana Crush Zambia
The national under-17 female team, the Black Maidens yesterday crushed their Zambian counterparts 4-0 in the women's Under-17 World Cup Qualifier played at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra.
It was a game in which the Ghanaians showed silky skills, good inter-positional play and hunger for goals.
The partisan Ghanaian crowd at the stadium, including the various national supporters' unions such as WOSUGHA, SUGHA, NSU and students from St. Mary's Secondary School, were treated to delightful soccer, which got them shouting for more goals minute after minute.
After two first half goals, the Maidens, coached by Abrahams Allotey, kept terrorizing the Zambians in the second half, with goalkeeper Jane Motambo making some breathtaking saves to prevent her side from being buried under an avalanche of goals.
Within a minute of coming on for Captain Mercy Myles, lanky Florence Dadson scored two goals, but each was disallowed by the Guinean referee who performed creditably on the day.
In the 67th minute Florence Dadson failed to increase the tally when her connection went over the bar.
With right half-back Linda Eshun and left half-back Edem Atogbo making surging runs on the flanks to join the Ghanaian attack, it was only a matter of time before the third goal came through Elizabeth Addo in the 78th minute.
A minute later, Priscilla could have increased the tally, but her feeble shot went over the bar.
The match became a one-way traffic with much of the action being centered in the half of the Chipolopolo Queens.
Mary Essiful was unlucky in the 87th minute when her shot hit the woodwork; but she made amends in the 90th minute as she tapped the ball home from close range to bring the scores to 4-0.
The Zambians made a last minute effort to pull one back, but Margaret Otoo, in post for Ghana, saved the situation.
Ghana has therefore beaten Zambia on a 6-0 aggregate, after pipping the Chipolopolo Queens 2-0 in Lusaka a few weeks ago.
The Black Maidens thus move to the next stage of the qualifiers of the FIFA Women Under-17 World Cup, which would take place in New Zealand from October 28 to November 16 this year.
By Mohammed Muniru Kassim