Black Maidens: from rock-bottom to quarter finals

October 9, 2016

From a laughing-stock of their group, Ghana’s Black Maidens have risen from rock-bottom humiliation in their world U-17 women’s championship campaign in Jordan, to inconceivable triumphs, berthing at the quarter finals of the championship.

Ghana endured a humbling 5-0 spanking by defending world champions, Japan, in their opening Group D match, while the USA pummelled Paraguay 6-1 in the other group match.

It seemed what lay in store for Ghana was even worse humiliation. Yet, coach Evans Adotei bragged his girls would shoot down the high-flying Americans in their second group encounter, a promise that sounded as hollow as an echo, given the technical deficiencies displayed in the Japan match.

Yet, when Ghana took the field against the might of the USA, Adotey proved to be a man of his words, and his players proved their mettle that they belonged, as evidenced by their wit, grit and skills captured by, below:

Ghana’s Owusu-Ansah led the charge as the Black Maidens got ready to battle the USA in one of the group’s second match  

The USA’s Kiara Pickett psyched up the team before their kick off against their Ghanaian opponents

ROAD TO REDEMPTION: Ghana’s first 11 line-up in a pose before their conquest of their American opponents 

IT WAS QUITE A DUEL: Frankie Tagliaferri of USA battled with Fuseina Mumuni of Ghana

… Ghana’s Cecilia Hagan put the USA’s Civana Kuhlmann in check

Ghana’s goalkeeper Kayza Massey punched a free-kick clear

Ghana goalie, Kayza Massey, won the ball in the air from the USA’s Jaelin Howell

Yet, the USA’s Frankie Tagliaferri scored the opening goal

Team USA celebrated Frankie Tagliaferri’s opening goal of the match

Ghana struggled: the USA’s Jaelin Howell and Frankie Tagliaferri jumped above Sandra Owusu-Ansah to win the ball 

Yet, Team Ghana battled back with two goals to conquer the USA, and they could not help celebrating their winning goal

Ghana’s Kayza Massey and Mary Entoah of Ghana seen here celebrating their sweet 2-1 victory over the USA

Ecstatic Ghana’s Black Maidens just could not help celebrating their victory over the USA

Ghana players seen here celebrating their victory while an American player looks on, in disappointment

Sandra Owusu-Ansah of Ghana celebrates scoring their first goal

Ghana captain, Sandra Owusu-Ansah, shot a dart in the hearts of their Paraguayan opponents, with her winning goal

Ghana’s Black Maidens in a group pose celebrating their 1-0 win over Paraguay, and their quarterfinal berth


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