Black Maidens Open Camp Today As Monster Clash With Arch-rivals Flamingos Looms Close
The first leg of much-expected cracker between arch-rivals Ghana and Nigeria for the ticket to U17 Women's World Cup2021 is still almost two months away and yet Ghana has started its preparations. The GFA has called up 30 players for camping ahead of the doubleheader that saw both teams decimate their opponents to reach this crucial playoff. Ghana flogged Liberia silly while Nigeria took Guinea to the backyard and beat her up mercilessly.
Baba Nuhu's team was initially expected to open camp on August 1st but could not satisfy the COVID-19 protocols set by the Government. These have now been met and the players are expected to arrive in the Cape Coast camp today.
The Black Maidens will host Nigeria in the first leg of the second-round showdown in October before travelling for the away fixture in November
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There is no doubt that this will be an epic encounter and one for the books as the Black Maidens (above) who are the only African side to have qualified for all six U17 Women’s World Cup tournaments held so far are looking to seal a seventh straight appearance while the Flamingos (below) have their sights set on a sixth berth having themselves just missed out on one Wolrd Cup. So both history and pride are at stake for the two rivals who know themselves very well.
Both teams mirror each other in speed, execution and individual player brilliance. While the Ghanaians rely on a two-pronged attack and swift flank play Nigeria's deadly triplets Yemisi Samuel, Rofiat Imuran and Chinyere Kalu are a wrecking crew that no defence has been able to contain and there is no question that Coach Bankole Olowookere will rely heavily on them.
The fans of both countries and football period are certainly going to be in for a treat as well as the accompanying euphoria for the winner and heartbreak for the loser. The 2021 World Cup was initially scheduled for November 2nd this year but had to be moved back due to the Covid-19 situation.