U17 women friendly match: Ghanaian delegation arrives Abuja

The Nigerian U-20 women beat a hard fighting Mexican team to qualify for the semi-final of the world cup.
The Nigerian U-20 women team

The Ghanaian delegation consists of 17 players and two officials
Ghana’s national under-17 women football team on Friday arrived Abuja for the team’s international friendly match against Nigeria.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Assistant Director (Communications), Nigeria Football Association, NFA, Ademola Olajire, on Friday in Abuja.

The Ghanaian side, known as the Black Maidens, is billed to meet the Nigerian side, the Flamingoes, on Sunday, February 2.

The match, which is the first leg of a two-leg international friendly, will hold at the FIFA Goal Project pitch of the Abuja National Stadium by 4 p.m.

According to Mr. Olajire, the Ghanaian delegation consists of 17 players and two officials with another five delegates due to arrive later in the day.

The Black Maidens, who were led by Augustine Asante, arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja around 9. 30 a.m. and were immediately driven to their Chida International Hotel abode.

Mr. Olajire said he received the delegation alongside Sanusi Mohammed, the NFA’s Director of Competitions, and the Acting Ghanaian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Charles Baah.

Mr. Olajire listed the players in the delegation to include Rita Gyasi, Azume Adams, Florence Annor, Kate Agyemang, Amina Fusieni, Vida Opoku, Ernestina Abambila and Lily Lawrence.

The other players are Samira Abdulrahman, Sandra Owusu-Ansah, Venoria Kuzagbe, Laadi Isaaka, Jemima Dussey, Olivia Anokye, Rahma Alhassan, Kubra Abukari and Elizabeth Ephraim.

The officials led by Asante include Evans Adotey who is the head coach, Ben Fokuo, the assistant coach, and Victor Williams, the goalkeeper trainer.

The remaining officials are Dzomor Adzekwei (welfare officer), Mabel Welhelmina (doctor) and Baba Nuhu (equipment officer).

The Nigerian side just ended a tour of three Nigerian states, playing friendly matches, and will be in Accra, Ghana on February 9 for the second leg of the friendly.

They defeated Nasarawa Amazons 2-1 in Lafia, lost 1-3 to Rivers Angels in Port Harcourt and were held to a 1-1 draw by Delta Queens in Asaba.

Both the NFA and the Ghana Football Association had approved a two-leg friendly match to prepare both teams for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.

The Flamingoes have been drawn in Group D with Mexico, Colombia and China for the fourth edition of the World Cup scheduled to hold from March 15 to April 4.


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