Ghana’s Black Maidens suffered a painful elimination from the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup after losing 4-2 on penalties to Mexico.
The 2012 bronze medalists could not climb up the shadows of their predecessors as they crashed out at the quarterfinals for the third successive time.
Captain Mukarama Abdulai set of the pace for Ghana after getting her head on Mavis Owusu’s cross.
Mexico who looked the better side on the day despite going down got themselves back in the game after scoring from the penalty spot. Defender Elizabeth Oppong committed herself by fouling Mexico forward Nayeli Díaz. Captain Nicole Pérez made use of the opportunity and converted to draw her side level.
Substituted Suzzy Teye restored Ghana’s lead with a clam finish in the 74th minute. Ghana will however concede again after goalkeeper Grace Boadu failed to deal with Nicole Pérez’s well-struck free kick from 20 yards.
Justice Tweneboah and Elizabeth Oppong were culprits as they missed their kicks to send Ghana packing out of the competition.
By Frank Darkwah