Maidens face Chinese in decisive match

11 years ago

There's everything to play for as Ghana meets China PR in the final Group D match at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2012 in Azerbaijan on Sunday.

Group D's final day fixtures will produce anxious moments as Ghana, China PR and Germany are all in the frame for the two qualifying places for the next round with only Uruguay already eliminated.

The Black Maidens, on three points, are a point adrift both the Chinese and the Germans.

After strolling past Uruguay 5-0, the Black Maidens need a win to reach the quarter-final for the first time at the competition after two previous attempts all ended at the group stage.

China, known as the Steel Roses might be new to the tournament but they remain undefeated so far at Azerbaijan 2012 as they chase a quarter-final berth which will be determined by the thrilling final round results.

For Black Maidens coach, Mas-ud Didi Dramani, the meeting with the Steel Roses will be a clash of two teams on a similar level.

"I watched China PR's last two games. We're on a similar level to them, but I think we have the tools to beat them and get the result we need to book our ticket to the quarter-finals," said the Ghana coach.

The Black Maidens are making their third-time appearance at the competition after their debut in 2008.