Ghana opened their FIFA U17 World Cup campaign with a nervy 1-0 win over Colombia on Friday
Sadiq Ibrahim’s low shot from close range separated the two teams at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.Ibrahim puts Ghana ahead with a low shot from close range. A big mistake from captain Thomas Gutierrez.He had the chance to clear the ball once but he unintentionally left it for the on-rushing Sadiq Ibrahim to power home into an empty net.
However, there were nervous moments for Ghana and goalkeeper Ibrahim Danladi who showed lots of reflexes to deny the Los Cafeteros.Ghana coach Samuel Fabin will be aware his charges will need to improve after making several faulty passes in the game which was dominated by the South American giants.
Brilliant exchanges from an electrifying first half but it was the Colombians who showed a great deal of maturity in attack despite failing to find the back of the net. Ghana dominated the flanks but lacked in midfield as they are found it difficult to deal with Jaminton Campaz and Robert Mejia.
The left-winger was put through on goal by the Colombia midfield at every opportunity possible as Ghana played a high line. Campaz almost broke the deadlock against the run of play but the winger’s shot was parried well by Ghana’s highly rated goalkeeper Ibrahim Danlad.
Sadiq Ibrahim thought he had put the Black Cats in the lead in the 27th minute but his goal was ruled offside by the linesman. Ibrahim would not be denied in the 39th minute after tucking in a beautiful cross from the left by Ayiah.
The African led by the solitary goal at the break as their midfield and offensive lines continued to threaten the Colombian defence at every opportunity.
The South Americans attempted to take the initiative to the Africans in the second-half but the Black Cats remained dangerous on the counter as they allowed Colombia to have the ball in non threatening areas.
It was Ghana though who had the chance to double the lead but Mohammed Iddriss shot well over after being teed up beautifully by Ibrahim from the right-flank.
The Africans were content to sit back further as the second-half progressed as the attacking trio of Ibrahim, Aiyah and Aminu Mohammed were quick to launch swift forays into the heart of the Colombian defence.
Both Aiyah and Mohammed had chances to double the lead for Ghana but were denied by Mier and some sloppy finishing.
Colombia’s main threat continued to come from the left flank with Campaz being a livewire throughout but ultimately it was not enough for the South Americans as Ibrahim Sadiq’s opener proved to be the decisive goal of the encounter.
Deiber Caicedo had a guild-edged chance in the dying minutes of the second-half to put Colombia level after being sent through on goal but sent his effort just wide.
The South Americans threw the kitchen-sink at the Ghana goal in the last minutes but some excellent goalkeeping from Ibrahim Danlad denied them the equalizer.
Ghana picked up a hard fought 1-0 win over Colombia in their first match of the tournament. Sadiq Ibrahim’s first half goal ensured the Black Cats full three points.