Host nation Ghana has been knocked out of the WAFU Zone B U-17 championships after losing 1-0 to neighbors Burkina Faso on Tuesday at the Cape Coast Stadium.
Ousmane Camara’s late penalty was enough to give the Young Stallions victory, and will now face Nigeria in the final.
After beating Togo to qualify for the semi-Finals of the WAFU Zone B U17 tournament the Black Starlets have been eliminated by Burkina Faso at the Cape Coast sports stadium. The Young Stallions won thanks to a late penalty from Ousmane Camara, and they have now qualified for the Under 17 AFCON in Algeria.
The Black Starlets will play no part in the 2023 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations, which will take place in Algeria and acts as a qualifying event for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Ghana has failed to qualify for the AFCON since finishing second during the 2017 edition, missing out on the last two editions of the competition.
Burkina Faso and Nigeria will represent the WAFU Zone B at next year’s youth championship in Algeria. However, the FA President who was in the dressing room immediately after the game lauded the players for their performance and assured them of the FA’s support.
“You didn’t get the favorable results today but your future looks bright and you will be good.”
He added that “This is not the end of the road. There are a lot of talents in this group and we will give you the support to blossom.”
“We appreciate what you have done. Your efforts and hard work will pay off one day.”
Ghana will play Ivory Coast in the third and fourth place playoff match on Friday before the final match between Nigeria and Burkina Faso.