The Ghana under-17 (U-17) women’s team, the Black Maidens, beat their opponents, Uruguay, in grand style. The match which was played yesternight (GMT), saw the Ghanaian team their opponents by a five (5) goal margin.
The Ghanaians made a promising start as they won their first game of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The opening moments of the game saw the Las Celestes forwards posing some threats to the Ghanaian defence with runs at goal. These threats, however, were short-lived as the back four of the Ghanaian team made life difficult for their opposing forwards.
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Most of the Ghanaian crosses made were early crosses which called for swift movement of central attacking midfielders into the box. This made man marking in the 18yard box a hustle and tussle for the Las Celeste defenders.
The Black Maidens played mesmerizing eye-catching football. One would think the team was made up of boys. Defensively Ghana was doing very well by pressing high up the pitch. This forced Uruguay to play long balls which made them lose the ball in midfield. Defensively, Ghana had the pace, strength and a very good and trusted back four.
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The Maidens were still outwitting their opponents who had lost much of their energy as the game folded up. A curled strike at the post from point-blank range at the 84th minute would have made it 5:0 for the Maidens. The Maidens finally made it 5 a minute after the stroke of 90′.
Mukarama Abdulai made three goals for the night, while Mumuni F. and another maiden scored one goal each. Ghana currently stands first ahead of New Zealand in group A with 3 points on goal difference, followed by Finland and Uruguay.
In 2012, the Las Celestes were beaten in the group stages yet again by 5 goals to Ghana in similar fashion.
The Uruguay team were no match for the Ghanaian players. The Ghanaians were tactically on point. They were too fast for their opponents and showed great tactical discipline.
If this team is groomed into the U20 team and into the senior national team, Ghana would definitely be put on the map due to football, once again.