Princesses spot on to reach World Cup in Canada

8 years ago

Ghana have qualified for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup after a 4-3 win on penalties over Equatorial Guinea on Sunday in Accra.

The Black Princesses won 1-0 in regulation time to tie the game at 1-1 after losing the first leg a fortnight ago.

Grace Adams scored in the 17th minute to give Ghana the lead but the opener did not open the floodgates for more goals as the game traveled into penalties.

However, during penalties, the Black Princesses secured a hat-trick of World Cup qualifications as Fatima Alhassan scored the decisive kick at the Accra Sports Stadium.

"We went forward, but we could not penetrate because they were too compact in the middle, and they were tall and physical," said Ghana coach Bashir Hayford.

"We did not play any competitive games until the Equatorial Guinea match, so I think we were match rusty. But we will prepare very well before we travel to the World Cup."

In qualifying successfully, Ghana join Nigeria as the continent's two representatives for the tournament to be hosted by Canada in August of this year.

The World Cup will be played out between 5 and 24 August.