Ghana’s Under-17s, the Black Starlets defeated Niger 2-0 in the first of two preparatory games ahead of next month’s Afcon in Gabon.

The Mena Cadets put up a strong performance in the opening minutes against their hosts at the Accra Sports Stadium but failed tofind the back of the net.

Coach Paa Kwesi Fabin’s soon took over and dictated the game, squandering a number of chances. Two minutes before the half-hourmark, Sulley Ibrahim who scored in the previous game away to Tanzania broke the deadlock after feeding on a pass from midfielder Mohammed Iddrisu.

Ghana found the second goal in the 52ndminute through Gabriel Leveh who punished the Nigeriens for a defensive indecision.

”I can say my team is 80% ready for the tournament [Under-17Afcon]. I’m satisfied with the output of the boys. We will work on the rough edges and get better in the second game.

“Niger is no small opponent. We are aware they have played some of our group opponents and won so they provide a good test for my team,” the Black Starlets coach said after the game.

The Black Starlets will return to face Niger again at the Accra Sports Stadium on Thursday.

Ghana’s final squad for the Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations could be heading for Kenya for the final lap of preparations. The competition is set for May 14-28, 2017.