Starlets clinch third position in WAFU championship


Abdul Razak Salifu’s late strike was enough to help the Black Starlets of Ghana beat Ivory Coast 3-2 to book third place in the West African Football Union (WAFU) Zone B Championship at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday.

The Starlets beat their opponents by a goal margin with the likes of Abdul Rashid Adam, Richard Apokum and Abdul Razak Salifu all registering their names on the scoresheet to grab a perfect win.

The early minutes of the game pulled up some interesting and shocking moments as both sides conceded penalties within the first ten minutes of the game.

It was Yan Diomande of Ivory Coast who got the opener for his side in the sixth minute from a spot kick after Emmanuel Dzigbah committed a foul in the 18-yard box.

The Starlets remained focused with their passes as Pious Adua was brought down by the Ivorian goalkeeper having tried to control a long pass from Gafaru.

It was Abdul Rashid Adam who perfectly placed the ball in the left corner from the spot kick in the ninth minute of the game and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way.

The Black Starlets were still in search of another goal but could not break the midfield of their opponents.

The Ivorians were in control of the game getting to the dying minutes of the first half as they also pulled up some crucial chances but could not find the net till the centre referee blew his whistle to end the first half.

The second half was a delight to watch with both sides pushing hard to cement their win with long range shots.

The Ivorians were up to the task of putting pressure on their opponents as they easily made their way out in the Ghanaian defence.

Richard Aboku’s 57th goal changed the game for the starlets as he perfectly breaks a pass from Rashid and slots in a shot with his left foot to make it 2-1 in favour of the Starlets.

The Ghanaian side held their opponents till Abubakar Meite got the equalizer for the Ivorians with a flying header to keep his side in the game.

Coach Paa Kwesi Fabin’s side enjoyed the last minutes of the game as they held the Ivorian team, giving them no space to create chances, making good use of the wings with their crossings.

Andrews Appiah’s late cross was on point this time round as unmarked Abdul Razak Salifu finished off with a beautiful header, leaving the goalkeeper n a state of confusion to put the game to bed in the 92nd minute after an additional minute of three.

The centre referee finally brought the game to a close to end the game 3-2.

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