The National Female Under-17 team, the Black Maidens of Ghana took a giant step towards qualifying for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup later this year after they beat Djibouti 9-0 in the first leg of their final qualifier on Friday in the Djiboutian capital of Djibouti City.

A hat-trick by captain Mukarama Abdulai and further goals from Suzzy Dede Teye, Abigail Tutua, Jacqueline Owusu,Fuseina Mumuni, Milot Abena Pokua and Adama Alhassan were enough to mark a perfect first leg advantage for the maidens.

Coach Evans Adottey’s side will only need to appear in the second leg as a mere formality on 18th February, 2018 at the Cape Coast Stadium as they have all but booked a ticket to the Under-17 female World Cup in Uruguay later this year.

Captain fantastic Mukarama Abdulai took the match ball home after hitting three goals in the game. This takes her goal tally to 8 in the qualifiers making her the highest scorer in the competition so far.

With this result, Ghana is through to the Fifa Under-17 Female World Cup in Uruguay unless the unexpected happens where Djibouti scores 10 unanswered goals in Ghana in the return leg.

The tournament takes place in the South American country of Uruguay from 13th November, 2018 to 1st December, 2018.