Ghana oust Kenya, book third round tie with Cameroon

Rebecca Magoma

Ghana ousted Kenya from the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers following a 5-0 win in a second round fixture played at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos, on Sunday, 19 November.

The Black Maidens are through to the third and final round with a 10-1 aggregate and will now face Cameroon who got a bye in the second round when their opponents Sierra Leone pulled out of the race.

Olivia Anokye opened the scoring for Ghana before Princella Adubea added a double in the eighth and 46th minute.

Grace Acheampong scored the fourth goal in the 75th minute with Adubea completing her hat-trick, three minutes from full time.

Rachael Mwema scored a consolation for Kenya in the added time.

Adubea scored four goals in the first leg that saw Ghana pick a comfortable 5-0  win in Cape Coast and with this hat-trick, her tally increases to seven goals in two matches.

Ghana showed intension from the first whistle with Olivia Anokye scoring an opener in the first minute.

The Ghanaians were a better side as they extended the lead in the eighth minute as Princella Adubea converted from a free kick outside the goal area.

Kenya didn’t get on the ball that much with a clear chance coming in the 23rd minute with Sharon Adhiambo’s shot going direct to the Ghanaian custodian Martha Annan.

Ghana found a third in the dying minutes of the match thanks to individual brilliance leaving Kenyan custodian Lilian Awour helpless.

Ghana went into the breather with a comfortable 3-0 lead and on resumption, Kenya came on strongly with Gentrix Shikanga having a goal scoring opportunity, but her shot went over the crossbar.

The home team made a substitution with Awour paving way for Judith Osimbo between the posts.

Ghana showed their class as they intensified attacks but Osimbo heroics come in handy.

After making a series of saves, Osimbo finally conceded with a Grace Acheampong deflected shot shook the net.

Adubea was on it again as she completed her hat-trick three minutes to the final whistle but Kenya got their consolation thanks to Rachael Mwema’s strike.

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