Ghana became the first team to qualify for the semi-final at the Total U-17 African Cup of Nations Gabon 2017 after beating host nation Gabon 5 – 0 at the Stade de Port Gentil.
In-form striker and captain, Eric Ayiah and midfielder Emmanuel Toku scored a brace each while second-half substitute Patmos Arhin added the other goal for Black Starlets’ second win in as many matches in Group A following Sunday’s 4-0 win against Cameroon.
The victory guaranteed the West Africans one of the continent’s available four slots for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India later this year while the Pantheres have no chance of progressing after also losing 5-1 to Guinea in the opening match of the competition.
Ironically, it was the Pantheres that started the game on a fast tempo and gave nothing away by equally defending in numbers as the home fans cheered them on. But in the 27th minutes, Ayiah put Ghana in the lead from the spot kick for his fourth goal of the championship after he was tripped in the box and five minutes later, Gabon was punished yet again for another defensive blunder when Toku latched on to a loose ball before firing past goalkeeper Brunel Ilagou.
Minutes before the break, striker Fahd Moubeti fluffed a chance for Gabon with only the goalkeeper to beat but his shot bounced off Danladi Ibrahim and a lurking defender cleared away to keep the score line at 2-0 till the end of the first half.
It was Ayiah- Toku show yet again in the second half when they scored in succession in the 58th and 61st minute while Arhin completed the rout in the 76th minute
Meanwhile, in the last round of matches in Group A, Ghana will face Guinea at the Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville on Saturday while Gabon will simultaneously square up against Cameroon in Port Gentil.
Total Man of the Match: Emmanuel Toku(Ghana)