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Ghana's Princesses beat Uganda 5-0 at Cape Coast

BY: Rosalind K. Amoh
Black Princesses
Black Princesses

Ghana's Under-20 female side, the Black Princesses are through to the final round of the 2022 Women's World Cup (WWC) qualifiers after beating Uganda 5-0 in their second leg at the Cape Coast Stadium on Saturday.

The win give the Princesses a 7-1 aggregate to progress in the campaign and set a final tie date with Ethiopia.

Goals from Evelyn Badu (15th), Salamatu Abdulai (25th), Rahama Jafar (82nd), Doris Boaduwaa (86th , 90+3) ensured the Princesses continued from where they left off in the first leg away in Kitende which they won 2-1.

The game began on a high note for the Princesses and they almost rewarded with a goal but Abdulai was unable to convert the chances and by the 12th minute, the Young Crested Cranes took over and threatened the Princesses who were saved by goalkeeper Cynthia Konlan Findib.

Against the run of play, captain Evelyn Badu led by example opening the scoring for the Princesses, finishing off a brilliant set up by Boaduwaa.

Three minutes later, Abdulai made it to 2-0 to calm nerves on both the bench and in the stands.

From then on till the end of the first half, the two goalkeepers were kept busy with each side pushing to get the better of the other.

When they resumed for the second half, the Ugandans stepped up their game, hoping to recover and indeed, threatened the goal area but agile and alert Konlan proved her mettle in post.

When the tide turned, Boaduwaa, who put up a player of the match performance, terrorised the Ugandan defence but could not score.

Rather, substitute Rahama Jafaru who had come on for Grace Animah scored to make the tally 3-0 on the 82nd minute.

Barely four minutes later, Boaduwaa got a goal with a daring shot.

On the 90th minute, another attempt was saved but she got the icing on the cake with her second goal after being awarded with a penalty for what the referee adjudged to be a handball.

She stepped put and coverted, beating the goalie to the right before slotting in to the left.

A satisfied Coach Ben Fokuo described the performance and result as "delivery on plan' as they had worked hard to improve their finishing.

"We have worked hard on our finishing which was our weakness but in the game, we showed our determination to improve on that with the work we did during our preparation," Coach Fokuo said.

The final round, also a two leg affair will be an away first leg and a second leg against Ethiopia who beat Tanzania 2-0 in Addis Ababa to win the tie 2-1 on aggregate.