Black Maidens snatch historic semi-final berth at FIFA U17 Women's World Cup

Black Maidens celebrating at the FIFA U17 Women's World Cup finals

Ghana became the first African country to reach the semi-final of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Japan in Baku on Friday night.

Winger Sherifatu Sumaila scored the only in the 53rd minute and the Black Maidens put up a masterclass defensive game to protect that goal.

The speedster’s shot was underrated by Japan goalkeeper Chika Hirao and the ball passed through her legs.

The first half belonged to the Little Nadeshiko who had a chunk of territorial dominance but could not convert their chances.

In the 73rd minute, fired from long range from Rika Masuya but her effort went off-target.

Goalkeeper Victoria Agyei stretched to parry a last minute header in stoppage time to the keep the close.

This is the first time the Black Maidens have progressed to the medal zone after three appearances at the finals.

Ghana will play France, who eliminated Nigeria 5-3 on penalties, next Tuesday in the semi-final.

Source: MTNFootball.com

READERS COMMENTS

  1. keith from germany says:

    well done n congrats

    • Love_Gh says:

      Well done maidens!!!. I hope the guys watched this match. They were tactically discipline throughout the entire duration of the game. The goalie was injured but she put it behind her and continue to the very end.
      Very proud of our Maidens.

  2. Mochacho-USA says:

    Good job,gels

  3. Prince says:

    Good work done ladies…Keep working hard and by the Grace of God the Cup will come down to Ghana…We are bless

  4. Psalmwell says:

    Having watched every single game of the Black Maidens,this game brought out the defensive aspect of their gameplay and they will go all the way to the finals.Trust me,they will beat France come next Tuesday.Congrats to Coach Didi,the technical staff and playing body.I was impressed with little Naomi Anima.Thumbs up

  5. koo says:

    good game Super Black Maidens. I was tensed through out the game but I love their defensive capabilities having conceded only a goal. Wish Ghana the glory!

  6. SEN KO FA/ODOIO MAKPE says:

    THE GIRLS ARE GOOD IT’S TIME WE GET THE WOMEN LEAGUE IN GHANA.FOR THE LADIES TO COMPETE THEMSELVES THEY PLAYED A GOOD GAME WITH A GOOD TEAM LET’S GO YOUNG LADIES MAKE US MORE PROUD. WAY GHANA, BRING THE CUP HOME AS WE PRAY FOR YOU ALL .

  7. Worlase says:

    Congrats, gals. More glory ahead

  8. setor says:

    WOW!!!!!,Really happy,want to see the trophy in gh.

  9. theprince says:

    it was a had fought one but god was on our side! congrats to the ladies

  10. NABY says:

    Excellent display,the girls were tactically disciplined today which culminated in this triumph,They must not rest on their oars but strive to put France to the sword come next tuesday,the sky is no longer the limit,we can surely win our first trophy in women’s soccer as long as we remain grounded and firmly focused on our next game,one game at a time,Congrats maidens,congrats coach Mas-ud Dramani and his technical team,we are solidly behind you in prayers

  11. Owusu Isaac says:

    I said it that this ladies are in for good records and its counting. They are bringing the cup to Ghana. Good work done Maidens. Do the do and Ghana is rally behind U.

  12. paul gyamfi says:

    well done black maidens u will go to da finals.Insha Allahu.

  13. Kay says:

    Ghana is always first. Take it or leave it. Haters, go burn the sea.

  14. MICHAEL says:

    I congratulate the Black Maidens. My only worry is that I hope we are honest about their ages. Are all of them 17 years or below? Or are we cheating with over aged players? God is the best judg.e

  15. KN says:

    Amazing!! Just amazing!! Congratulation Maidens!! Thanks be to God!!!

  16. Aaaaaw oooow says:

    They repd GH and making us proud. We luv wha they r doing and we r singing their praise. Thumbs Up MAIDENS¿

  17. Plance says:

    It was a fine game that kept me sitting on the edge of my seat all game. Tactics was the plan of the day and surely tactics won the day. Thank and respect to the technical team. In fact, Ayienam was great! She stood her ground and hit the ground running all game, took the game to the Japanese defence and drops back to support the defence when it matters most. Blackstars strikers should take cuew. Talking about defence Anima, Opoku, Coleman and the left back (sorry to miss her name) were marvellous and displayed great awareness. For the goalkeeper(ADJEI) The least said the better. She was splendid! And Okyere (EL CAPITANO) CUDOS and keep it up. Sumaila, what a goal you scored. Your pace down the flanks caused the japanese defence load of problems, your skill on the ball was great. And to the rest of the team, BRAVO! Long live the Black Maidens! Long live mother Ghana!! LONG LIVE AFRICA!!!

  18. Charles mensah says:

    We thank ALMIGHTY GOD for the wonderful grace that HE has poured upon us. We are really happy, amazed and joyful for bringing yet another smiles on the faces of all Ghanaians.

  19. Markwell says:

    Although we won we played badly.Ball possession was Japan 67% na Ghana 33%.I don’t think we can beat France.

  20. fenandohussien says:

    we thank God

  21. Ghanaman says:

    Well done to the team! We are all behind you. Plan well for France and bring us Victory. Well done!

  22. selfmade says:

    Ghana will win this tournament and i have said this rite from the beginning of this tournament!!!! Anyone wana challenge me??? Viva the revolutioncion!!! The number 2 always favoured Ghana,1982, 1962, Barcelona 92, any connection here? Ghana will smashed all records and win this tournament!!! Mark this space!! Viva the revolutioncion!!

  23. Whocares? says:

    Great work Ghana.

  24. the truth says:

    i just saw the game and the girls played great! great goal from sumaila and every single player on the floor. great goal keeping too

  25. Anokwale says:

    Let us hope they continue to concentrate. Physically, these girls are in much better condition than the under 20 team. I think all the Ghana teams, men and women, need to follow the example of how this team plays with determination.