Black Maidens getting ready for finals

15 years ago

Ghana’s female Under-17 side remain confident they will make an impact in the debut FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup which kicks off in thirteen days time.

The Ghanaian team departed Accra on Tuesday for Australia for the final lap of their training programme.

The Australian training tour is the second foreign trip for the team after recently completing a two-week preparation programme in Germany.

Two training tours is expected to put the Black Maidens in great shape before moving over to New Zealand.

"It is a great experience for the whole squad. This is the first time that any of the girls has been outside Africa so it's a real eye-opener for them. I am very satisfied with the way the training camp has been going and with the whole trip in general,” Ghana’s coach, Abraham Allotey said during the team’s training programme in Germany.

Abraham Allotey believes the team has come a long way after a sloppy start in the African qualifying campaign. The team overcame two successive defeats to manage a place in the list 16 of finalists for the maiden World Cup.

And the comeback record in the African qualifiers remains a statement of intent ahead of the competition.

"Qualifying for the World Cup was already an incredible achievement for our team. We're heading to New Zealand determined to continue the learning experience," coach of the Black Maidens said.

The Black Maidens are drawn with Germany, Korea DPR and Costa Rica in Group B of the competition.

In Australia, Abraham Allotey would be hoping to bring out the best from the 21-member team that made the trip before naming his final squad for the World Cup.

Ghana would open their Group B campaign against Korea DPR in Christchurch on October 29 before taking on Germany three days later with the final group match against Costa Rica.

The World Cup will be hosted by New Zealand from October 28 to November 16, 2008.

Ghana’s squad:

Margaret Otoo, Linda Aboagye, Patricia Mantey, Henrietta Annie, Edem Atovor, Linda Eshun, Hellen Coleman, Elizabeth Cudjoe, Juliet Acheampong, Elizabeth Addo, Florence Dadson, Mercy Myles, Isha Ama Fordwor, Hillia Kobblah, Priscilla Okine, Deborah Afriyie, Rosemary Ampem, Abena Ampomah, Samira Suleman, Candice O-Agyemang, Priscilla Saahene