The Black Starlets of Ghana yesterday walloped host Gabon 5-0 at the Stade de Port Gentil to be the first nation to qualify for the semi-final at the Total U-17 African Cup of Nations Gabon 2017.

An outstanding showdown from the Ghanaian youth annihilate the "The Junior Panthers" to ensure a safe passage to the FIFA U17 World Cup in India later this year.

The Black Starlets now on six points and have advanced to the semi-final of the competition.

Captain Eric Ayiah registered his second brace of the competition after opening the scoring from the spot in the 33rd minute.

He now leads the scorers chart with four goals.

Winger Emmanuel Toku also scored twice in the 34th and 66th minutes respectively.

Mandela Academy's Patmos Arhin came off the bench to score the fifth goal on 76 minutes.

The victory guaranteed the West Africans one of the continent’s available four slots for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India later this year while the Pantheres have no chance of progressing after also losing 5-1 to Guinea in the opening match of the competition.

Ironically, it was the Pantheres that started the game on a fast tempo and gave nothing away by equally defending in numbers as the home fans cheered them on.
But in the 27th minutes, Ayiah put Ghana in the lead from the spot kick for his fourth goal of the championship after he was tripped in the box and five minutes later, Gabon was punished yet again for another defensive blunder when Toku latched on to a loose ball before firing past goalkeeper Brunel Ilagou.

Ghana will now play Guinea , who drew 1-1 with Cameroon, in their final Group match on Saturday.