Ghana qualify for 2017 U17 Afcon

The Black Starlets have confirmed their place at the continental youth tournament scheduled for Madagascar next year

Ghana are through to the 2017 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations after holding Cote d'Ivoire to a scoreless draw in Abidjan on Saturday.

The Black Starlets held their own in the third round second leg encounter to reach Madagascar 2017 on a 3-1 aggregate, thanks in every way to the positive result attained in the home fixture in Cape Coast two weeks back.

Coach Paa Kwesi Fabin's charges will be joined by Angola, Niger and four other teams, in addition to the hosts, for the final tournament that is set to run between April 2 and 16 next year.

The top four from the African competition qualify automatically for the 2017 Under-17 Fifa World Cup in India.

En route, Ghana had a walkover in the first round following the withdrawal of scheduled opponents Liberia.

The Starlets then dispatched Burkina Faso 6-5 on aggregate to reach the final round.

Ghana, two-time winners of the Under-17 Afcon, have successfully secured a ticket after being disqualified from the last gathering for fielding an over-age player in the qualifiers.

Their last tournament appearance was at Morocco 2013 where they suffered a first round exit.