The group B game was tipped to be tough for both teams, but Cote D’Iviore brought their dominance to bear throughout the game.
The game started well for both Ghana and Cote D’Iviore, but the former could not hold on to the forth and conceded in the first half.
Black Starlets managed to get back into the game with the equalizer in the second half.
Afterwards, Cote D’Iviore doubled their lead and started tracking balls, frustrating Ghana in the process.
As the game continued to get cagey for both teams, Cote D’Iviore increased their tally at the amusement of Ghana.
Ghana did not relent as they pushed forward for the equalizer.
In the last ten minutes to full time, Black Starlets captain Abdul Fatawu Issahaku tormented the opponent’s half but Cote D’Iviore remained calm and steady to clear all dangerous moves to safety.
The game ended 3 - 1 for Cote D’Iviore.
Ghana only needed a win or draw to advance to semi final, from group B.
Following this afternoon’s win, Cote D’Iviore have amassed 6 points, Ghana and Nigeria tied at a point.
This means, Cote D’Iviore are through to the next stage of the competition at the expense of Ghana and Nigeria.
Some decisions by the center referee did not sit well with the Ghana contingent. It is yet to be confirmed if Ghana will lodge an official complain to West African Football Union, WAFU, organizers of the tournament.
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