Black Maidens


Ghana?s female U-17 side, the Black Maidens, continue their search for honours today when they take on their Italian counterparts at San Jose in the ongoing World Cup.

And whether or not they will continue to stay in Costa Rica depends on how they will fair in their quarter final clash with the Group ?A? runners up.

Ghana, winners of Group ?B?, began the campaign on a good footing, recording two streak wins over North Korea and Germany and later bowing 1-2 to Canada in their last Group game.

Notwithstanding the Canada defeat, Ghana coach Evans Adotey is brimming with optimism, hoping to book a place in the semis and also prove a point, having been accused of playing it soft against Canada.

?We are determined to progress to the next stage and also to prove everybody wrong. You know we have been heavily accused of playing it soft against Canada which is not good for us,? he said in an interview.

Apart from Priscilla Adubea, who will be missing today?s clash due to a knee injury which ruled her out for the rest of the tournament, coach Adotey has the full complement of his squad.

Italy, like Ghana, progressed steadily, winning their first two games against Zambia and hosts Costa Rica, raising the stakes in today?s encounter.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum


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