Fabulous Ladies striker Princess Owusu scored in the 87th minute as Black Maidens defeated Young Terenga Lionesses of Senegal at the Stade Lat Dior on Saturday.
Owusu’s goal handed Ghana a 1-0 win as the young ladies got off to a flying start in FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualifiers.
Aissata Chris Ba came close to opening the scoring for the host on the 10th minute but was denied by the solid defence made up of Rose Boakyewaa and Magdalene Awuni.
Mariam Maltiti Iddi had to make way for Constance Agyemang on the 37th minute in what seems a tactical switch from coach Baba Nuhu.
Nancy Amoh came close with a superb 20-yard curler after receiving a pass from Georgina Aoyem but the shot hit the upright just a minute to recess.
It became a game of two halves as the hosts took the game to the Ghanaians – until Princess Owusu slotted home calmly from close range after picking a delightful cross from a Constance Agyemang three minutes from time.
Even though Baba Nuhu’s team struggled for fluency, the win reignites the teams’ pursuit of making it to another FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
The second leg encounter is slated for Accra in two weeks’ time. Black Maidens will hope to complete the job at home and progress to the third round.