Maidens vie for World Cup place

15 years ago

Ghana would need a nothing short of a win to pick one of the qualifying places to the first ever FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup later in the year.

The Black Maidens who sit at the bottom of the three team group play Cameroon in Yaounde over the weekend for the last ticket in the ultimate fixture that would determine which nation joins Nigeria, who have already qualified.

Ghana stayed in contention of a place to New Zealand after beating Nigeria 1-0 at home last week but would to win to seal qualification while Cameroon need just a draw.

With three points at the bottom of the table, the Black Maidens trail their opponents for this weekend, Cameroon by one point.

Cameroon’s only win in the qualifiers was against Ghana in Accra after coming from a goal down to win the tie 2-1 at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium in June.

However, the Ghana bench remains optimistic of producing such a giant killing feat in Yaounde that would qualify the Black Maidens to the World Cup.

Ghana’s Education and Development Officer, Francis Oti Akenteng is hopeful the Black Maidens can make it though it expects a tough match.

“We admit it will be tough, but in football everything is possible. They will be tough at home, but we will scale through,” he says.