Black Starlets rally from four goals down to hold Saudi Arabia

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Ghana’s Black Starlets (Male U-17 team) came from four goals down to draw 4-4 against their Saudi Arabia counterparts at the Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium in Jeddah.

Coach Karim Zito made some surprise changes to the starting eleven for the game, Deborah Bossman, Benjamin Tsivanyo and Peter Hammond who have all been decent for the team in recent friendlies started from the bench.

The Black Starlets had a slow start to the game and found themselves four goals down after 30 minutes into the game, conceding two of the goals from spot-kicks.

Before the halftime break, Ghana pulled a goal back through substitute Peter Fiifi Hammond to give themselves hope of a fight back.

In the second half, the Black Starlets scored three goals to level the score, 4-4. Deborah Bossman scored a brace, with Peter Fiifi Hammond scoring the other goal.

The Black Starlets finished the game with 10 men, Peter Fiifi Hammond after helping the team complete the comeback was sent off.

The 4-4 draw is the second game the Black Starlets have played against Saudi Arabia in recent days. Ghana defeated their Saudi Arabia counterparts 3-2 in a similar exercise in Riyadh.

The two friendly games against the Asian country forms part of the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by the two football governing bodies in December last year.

The agreement aims to develop strong relations between the two Federations to help the promotion, growth and success of football at all levels.

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