Maidens confident ahead of U-17 Women's World Cup

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
Ghana's Black Maidens at the 2018 FIFA Under-17 WWC
Ghana's Black Maidens at the 2018 FIFA Under-17 WWC

Coach Evans Adotey says the confidence level of his Black Maidens squad is growing as they count down to their opening game against Uruguay at the 2018 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup (WWC) on November 13.

The competition starts on November 13 and Ghana's Maidens will kick off the competition against the hosts in Montevideo in what is expected to be a cagey encounter, with the hosts enjoying home support.

Aware of the anxiety that usually comes with opening games, Coach Adotey insists his ladies are not shaky about playing the opening game and revealed the players are in good shape for the challenge.

The Black Maidens arrived in Uruguay on Thursday for their World Cup campaign

The 2012 Under-17 World Cup bronze medalists arrived in Montevideo, the Uruguayan capital on Thursday evening, after a week's trainig on Brazil which saw them win 4-0 against a Brazil club side, America FC and lost 1-2 to Cameroun.

With his final 21-member squad named, Coach Adotey says they are having their special countdown to the kick off date with intense training session.

"The training in Brazil though brief, was very useful and has helped in boosting the confidence of the team.The friendlies also helped in knowing which areas of our game that still need to be worked on and the final few days will be for those exercises.

"Our arrival in Uruguay has also brought home the reality that the tournament is upon us and they are raring to go. Of course, for those in such a competition for the first time, there are some anxiety but that is normal and I expect them to get over as the final day approaches," he indicated.

"In the past few days, we are are comfortable and settling in well as well as getting used to the weather."

The Maidens, making their sixth appearance in as many World Cup tournaments, will have their campaign in Group A where they will also face Finland and New Zealand.

Coach Adotey, who is leading the team for the third consecutive time to the competition, has set at least a quarter-final berth target for the team, just as they did in the 2014 and 2016 tournaments.