Ghana’s captain Mukarama Abdulai inspired her side to a 5-0 opening victory in the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup as they beat hosts Uruguay in Montevideo.
The Group A contest took place in the Estadio Charrua as the dominant Ghanaian team took two goals in the first-half.
Fuseina Mumuni opened the scoring, receiving a pass from Abdulai and converting an unmarked shot.
Within minutes Animah Grace executed a superb cross to her captain which Abdulai managed to connect with the cross and headed it home at the far post.
A difficult opening period for the hosts was further complicated as they were required to make two early substitutions.
Uruguayan goalkeeper Jennifer Sosa suffered an injury in the first-half and had to be replaced by Agustina Caraballo.
Caraballo was forced into a number of saves in the second-half as Abdulai continued to test the Uruguay defence.
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Millot Pokuaa began the second half goals for Ghana with a goal on 66 minutes before Abdulai secured her player of the match award with two late goals for her hat-tirck.
With their impressive victory, Ghana currently top Group A with three points.
New Zealand also scored a total three points on the opening day of competition as they beat Finland 1-0.
Kelli Brown scored the match’s only goal shortly before half-time with a long range strike into the top corner.
Debutants Finland had the majority of the possession but struggled to test New Zealand’s goalkeeper Anna Leat.
The other two opening group stages were goalless as Brazil drew with Japan and Mexico tied 0-0 with South Africa at the Estadio Domingo Burgueno Miguel in Maldonado.