Ghana to play Niger in U-17 Afcon semis

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Coach Paa Kwesi Fabin's side will engage their West African counterparts for a place in the final

Niger have set up a semi-final date with Ghana at the ongoing Africa Under-17 Cup of Nations in Gabon.

The Menas beat Tanzania 1-0 in their last group game on Sunday to finish second in Group B, effectively confirming their last four clash with the Black Starlets on Wednesday.

Hamidou Harouna's boys held Angola to a 2-2 draw in their first match before succumbing to a 2-1 defeat to Mali in the second game.

Ghana, on the other hand, finished first in Group A on Saturday following a goalless draw with Guinea, who joined the 1999 champions into the knockout stage.

The Black Starlets handed Cameroon a 4-0 thrashing in their tournament opener, humiliated hosts Gabon 5-0 before sharing the spoils with Guinea.

The young Syli Nationale, meanwhile, face Mali in the other semi-final game on Wednesday.

All four semifinalists have booked qualification to the Under-17 World Cup to be hosted by India in October.

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Ghana, who are on a return to the African championship after a four-year absence, are seeking to win the trophy for the third time.

Interestingly, the Black Starlets played Niger in a double-header as part of preparations for the tournament, with Paa Kwesi Fabin's boys running out 2-0 victors in both games.

 

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