Ghana’s Black Starlets moved a step closer to qualifying for the Rwanda 2011 African U-17 Championship after beating Senegal 2-0 in the final round first leg clash on Saturday at the El-Wak Stadium.
Late efforts from Hamza Zakari and substitute Joseph Gordon ensured victory for the Starlets ahead of the return encounter in Dakar in a fortnight.

The Starlets had the better of the exchanges but the absence of striker Nasiru Mohamed due to injury rendered their attack virtually non-existent.
The hosts found the Senegalese rearguard of Papa Faye, Ibrahim Diedhou, Hewe Diedhou and Zain Nassadan a tall mountain to climb as they thwarted most of their efforts at goal.
Ghana coach Frimpong Manso brought on Gordon and Jacob Asiedu early in the second half but their presence yielded dividends in the closing stages of the game.
Six minutes from time, Zakari broke the deadlock by connecting Asiedu cross before Gordon sealed victory with a grounder from a free-kick.
Ghana coach, Manso, remains upbeat his team’s chances ahead of the second leg.
“The result is positive. The players played very well and they managed to score two goals. The result serves a perfect security ahead of the second leg and I’m upbeat we will survive in the return encounter,” Manso told after the match

His Senegalese counterpart, Cheickh Boucounta Cisse also insists his team can overturn the 2-0 deficit and edge out the Black Starlets in the reverse fixture.
“We played well but it is unfortunate we lost by two goals. We can also score two goals and go on to win the return encounter.”
The winner of the tie qualifies for the final tournament to be staged in Rwanda from 7-22 January, 2011.