After failing to find the back of the net in matches against Colombia and USA, Black Starlets captain Eric Ayiah finally got his name on the score sheet when he bagged a brace to help the team beat host India 4-0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday to progress to the round of 16 in the FIFA U17 World Cup.
The Charity stars attacker broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute after he hopped home from a rebound.
Ayiah got his second with a superb left-footed strike after receiving a pass from Edmund Arko Mensah in the second half.
The striker having come under intense criticism finally got his breakthrough in the World Cup after a difficult start.
“The first and the second matches were tough, and I know we’ll meet such challenges in the world cup but I know I needed to prove my clout,” Ayiah said at the post-match interview.
“I had chances to score in those two game but I didn’t utilize them, so my coach taught me how to be composed in front of goal and I heeded to his advise and it helped me perform greatly today.”
The forward is now Ghana’s leading goal scorer at this year’s competition.
By Frank Darkwah