Sports News of Friday, 16 November 2018
Following their emphatic 5-0 win over host nation Uruguay, Ghana’s Black Maidens will go into their next game of the FIFA Under -17 Women’s World Cup against Finland tonight quite optimistic of another victory.
Finland are not considered a football powerhouse and Ghana’s massive victory over the host nation might have sent shivers down their spine ahead of this crunch battle.
For the Ghanaian girls, there will be no room for complacency despite playing against a Finish side who lost their opening game 0-1 to New Zealand in the other Group A fixture.
Finland will approach this game with a plan to upset Ghana to enhance their chances of scaling the group stage hurdle.
The Ghanaians could be laughing at the wrong side of their mouth if they underrate their opponents, who qualified to the competition after placing third in the UEFA Under-17 championship.
Ghana will aim at consolidating the gains on the summit of the league table, knowing a slip up could afford second place New Zealand an opportunity to topple them from the top.
Coach Evans Adotey could maintain the same line-up that demolished the host nation, with his captain and hat-trick hero, Mukarama Abdulai, who will be aiming to add to her current three goals and challenge for the Golden Shoe award.
The prospects look bright for Ghana’s Under-17 team who made a brave start to the competition and have become the target of most teams in the competition.
It appears the Ghanaians have learnt their lessons from the previous competition in 2016 when North Korea ended their dreams with a heartbreaking 1-2 defeat at the quarter-final stage in Papua New Guinea.
This time around, Coach Adotey, who is targeting the ultimate prize, would ensure no team obstruct their quest to rule the world for the first time and also better their 2012 record of finishing as the bronze medalists.