The Black Maidens got off to a flying start at the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup with a 5-0 thrashing of hosts Uruguay on Tuesday.
The Maidens equalled their biggest win in the competition with that result, having beaten the same opponents by a similar scoreline in their gallant run to Bronze at Azerbaijan 2012.
Captain Mukarama Abdulai also made history by scoring a first hat-trick in the tournament.
The score was, however, opened by Fusena Mumuni in the 20th minute.
Mukarama registered her name on the scoresheet five minutes later, running into the penalty area to beat Uruguay’s goalie Jennifer Sosa to the ball with an audacious header.
Substitute Millot Pokua made a solo run into the box, in the second half, to beat goalie Agustina Caraballo, who had also substituted injured Sosa.
Before the match ended, Mukarama scored two more goals to complete her hat-trick.
She was also named the Player of the Match.
The Maidens’ next encounter will be on Friday against debutantes Finland, who lost their opening game to New Zealand by 1-0.
Ghana top Group A so far with three points with the New Zealanders second on the same points but less goals.
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana