Black Maidens qualify for Quarter-Finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup
Ghana U-17 women’s national team, the Black Maidens, yesterday, beat their opponents, Finland. This victory sealed their qualification for the quarter finals of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
The Black Maidens beat their opponents Finland who lost their first match tie to New Zealand in group A. Ghana thrashed the Finish ladies, 3-1, in such a tactically intense game. New Zealand also beat Ghana’s previous opponent, Uruguay, in group A, 2-1, to also seal their fate for the quarter-finals.
As it stands now, Ghana and New Zealand are up top in the group with 6 points with Ghana leading on goal difference of 5. Leaders from the bottom Uruguay and Finland, both on no points to boast of, has Finland placing third and Uruguay, fourth. As it stands now, Ghana and New Zealand would battle it out to decide who emerges as the 1st in the group. While, Finland and tournament host, Uruguay, battle it out for the third position in the group. Uruguay is definitely going to come up strong as well as Finland, who are debutants, to have something to show for.
How Yesterday’s Game Ensued.
The Ghana-Finland match was a tough one. Ghana was nearly given a run for their money. The game begun with both sides playing good football with few chances at goal. Ghana, however, took their chances and were able to make it 2-0 at the stroke of half time as they dominated the game in the first half. Ghana’s first goal came with a strike from Pokuaa on the 6th minute. No later did Ghana’s captain, Abdulai, make her tally of 4 goals by scoring the second goal on the 13th minute. Abdulai had so many chances of making it 3 before the stroke of half time, but failed at goal.
The opponents came back after the half time with a completely different approach which lead to the Ghanaians being a bit shaky in defence. This, however, led to the only goal scored by the Finish ladies. Yet again, Abdulai had chances to make it 3 but failed at goal in the second half. It took dying moments of the game of a shot from a corner kick to make it 3-1, as the keeper didn’t deal with the shot on goal.
Progress to the Quarter Finals.
Ghana will face New Zealand on the Tuesday, 20th November @ 8pm. Ghana, in their last two consecutive appearances in the world cup tournament, failed to move on to the semi-finals. Ghana, however, progressing to the semi finals after winning their quarter-final clash would be a dream come true.
In other news…
Ghana’s senior national team would be battling it out as hosts of the Women’s African cup of nations, in their first fixture at 3:30, GMT. The Black stars also have an AFCON qualifier’s match with Ethiopia on Sunday, @ 1pm.