U17 Qualifiers: Starlets edge Burkina to qualify for final round


Ghana escaped elimination from the 2017 African Youth Championship qualifiers by the skin of their teeth after going down 4-1 to Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou.

The Black Starlets progressed to the finals on a 6-5 aggregate despite almost letting a 5-1 lead from the first-leg slip.

It was so near and yet so far for Les Etalons Cadets coming back from the deficit win in the first leg in Cape Coast.

The tie was one-all in the opening half with Eric Ayiah canceling Saifou Diarrassouba’s opener midway.

Lassina Traore, Ismael Zongo and Wanto Kientega each scored in the second half to almost cap a superb comeback.

Seven teams will emerge from the qualifiers to join hosts Madagascar for the final tournament scheduled from April 2-16, 2017.

In the next round, Ghana will face Cote d’Ivoire who beat Benin over two legs.