Nigeria/Ghana friendly: Ghanaian delegation arrives in Abuja

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Abuja – The delegation of Ghana’s national under-17 women Ghana football team on Friday arrived in Abuja for the team’s international friendly match with their Nigerian counterparts.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Assistant Director (Communications), Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Ademola Olajire, on Friday in Abuja.

The Ghanaian side, known as the Black Maidens, is billed to meet the Nigerian side, the Flamingoes, on Sunday, Feb. 2.

The match, which is the first leg of a two-leg international friendly, will hold at the FIFA Goal Project pitch of the Abuja National Stadium by 4 p.m.

According to the statement, the Ghanaian delegation consists of 17 players and two officials with another five delegates due to arrive later in the day.

The Black Maidens, who were led by Augustine Asante, arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja around 9.30 a.m. and were immediately driven to their Chida International Hotel abode.

The statement added that the delegation was received by Sanusi Mohammed, NFA’s Director of Competitions, and Olajire, alongside the Acting Ghanaian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Charles Baah.

“The NFA Chairman is happy that your delegation arrived safely and wants you to feel comfortable.

“We look forward to the match on Sunday which will prepare both teams for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup,’’ Mohammed said.

The statement listed the players in the delegation to include Rita Gyasi, Azume Adams, Florence Annor, Kate Agyemang, Amina Fusieni, Vida Opoku, Ernestina Abambila and Lily Lawrence.

The other players are Samira Abdulrahman, Sandra Owusu-Ansah, Venoria Kuzagbe, Laadi Isaaka, Jemima Dussey, Olivia Anokye, Rahma Alhassan, Kubra Abukari and Elizabeth Ephraim.

The officials led by Asante include Evans Adotey who is the head coach, Ben Fokuo, the assistant coach, and Victor Williams, the goalkeeper trainer.

The remaining officials are Dzomor Adzekwei (welfare officer), Mabel Welhelmina (doctor) and Baba Nuhu (equipment officer).

NAN reports that the Nigerian side just ended a tour of three Nigerian states, playing friendly matches, and will be in Accra, Ghana on Feb. 9 for the second leg game.

They had beaten Nasarawa Amazons 2-1 in Lafia, lost 1-3 to Rivers Angels in Port Harcourt and were held to a 1-1 draw by Delta Queens in Asaba.

Both the NFA and the Ghana Football Association had approved a two-leg friendly match to prepare both teams for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.

The Flamingoes have been drawn in Group D with Mexico, Colombia and China for the fourth edition of the World Cup scheduled to hold from March 15 to April 4.(NAN)

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