It was a dominant display from Ghana’s Youth side as two goals each from Grace Asantewaa and Priscilla Adubea rounded up a 4:0 victory at the Cape Coast Stadium with both halves contributing two goals.
It was from one good buildup to another from the home side, the ball hardly crossed the center line in the opening 25 minutes of the game. Priscilla Adubea, Grace Asantewaa and Ernestina Abambila were all denied by the goalpost.
From all indications, one could appreciate the essence of the National Women’s League – the string of passes from the Princesses were testament of how important the formation of the NWL against the opponent who had not.
The midfield trio of Grace Asantewaa, Grace Acheampong and Ernestina Abambila whipped the back of South Africa’s Bataña Bataña. The aggression and pace of the Ghanaian midfield were the promptings of all the good on the day.
It was half pass the hour mark and Ghana still probed for the opener. The calm legs of ZFK Minsk midfielder[Ernestina Abambila] tailored a pass through to Ampem Darkoa’s Grace Asantewaa, the number 6 shirted jersey tilted left and curled a stunner to the right side to register the game’s opener.
With 4 more minutes showing on the clock before recess, Grace Asantewaa found Priscilla Adubea free and the skipper rounded up 3 South African defenders and curled one pass the outstretched arms of Jessica Williams.
The Black Princesses not troubled by their South African opponent held on to the score as the referee whistled to bring the opening half to a close.
South Africa coach, Maud Khumalo brought on four substitutions before the second half begun. Skipper Bongeka Gamede and first choice Goalkeeper, Mapaseka Mpuru among the new faces introduced.
The urge to go up more in search of their first and probably the equaliser, got them[South Africa] opening up as top scorer for the World Cup qualifiers, Priscilla Adubea(8) added her second and Ghana’s third on the day.
Grace Asantewaa made no mistake from the spot to send Ghana up by 4, when Priscilla Adubea was brought down after urging out 2 of the opponent’s defenders – her second goal of the game.
It was a good warm up exercise for both teams as they look forward to a last round of qualifiers against Cameroon and Nigeria respectively.
By: George Nitro Duah