The national women’s U-17 football team, the Black Maidens, gave themselves a major boost in their last qualifying hurdle for the FIFA U17 World Cup to be staged in Jordan later this year.
The Black Maidens hammered the Morocco U-17 female football team by 4-0 in Rabat, Morrocco, last Saturday to make the return leg a mere formality in their quest for their fifth Women’s World Cup finals on the trot.
Ghana got the opening goal in the 2nd minute of the game through Mukarama Abdoulah. Mary Entoah also added the second of the game nine minutes later.
Mukarama recorded a brace to her name when she scored the third goal in the 18th minute.
Skipper for the side Sandra Owusu Ansah put the game beyond the Moroccans when she made it four in the 62nd minute.
The Moroccans were left bemused by the quality of play from the Maidens as Ghana dominated the entire duration of the game.
The Black Maidens advanced into the second round after their opponents Sierra Leone pulled out ahead of the first round and Morocco also had a walkover in the previous tie with Mali pulling out.
The second leg will be played in Accra in two weeks’ time. Ghana is the only team from Africa to win a medal (bronze) at the women world U17 level. Africa have only three tickets for the world cup.
GHANA’S LINE UP
Martha Annan (GK), Tedinah Ataa Sekyere, Sandra Owusu Ansah (c) Elizabeth Oppong, Adizatu. K.Mustapha/ Barikisu Rahman, Mukarama Abdulah, Rafia. A.Kulchire, Mary Entoah/Olivia Anokye, Philicity Asuako, Blessing S.Agbomadzi, Grace Asantewaa.
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