Ghana’s Black Maidens have been drawn in Group D of the 2016 Fifa U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan.
The draw event took place at the Al-Hussein Cultural Centre in downtown Amman Monday. It was overseen by His Highness Prince Ali bin Hussein, the President of the Jordanian Football Association.
The Maidens join USA, Paraguay and Japan in Group D on their 5th straight outing at the competition slated for September 30-October 21.
Ghana opens her campaign against Japan on October 1 on Al Zarqa before travelling to face the United States in Amman three days later. They then wrap up the Group D challenge against Paraguay in Irbid on October 8, 2016.
– Ghana vs Japan – Oct. 1 – 4pm – Prince Mohammed International Stadium
– USA vs Ghana – Oct. 4 – 4pm – King Abdullah II International Stadium
– Paraguay vs Ghana – Oct. 8 – 7pm – Al Hassan International Stadium
Should Ghana qualify from the group, they will stay back in Irbid to face one of the teams from Group C on Thursday, October 13.
The semifinals has been slated for the King Abdullah II Stadium in Amman on October 17 while the grand finale comes off in the same city but at the 13,000 capacity Amman International Stadium on Friday October 20, 2016.
Ghana holds the record of the best African performance in a FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup. The Black Maidens remain the only side–to date–to reach the semi-finals of the Women’s U-17 World Cup. They lost to France in the semi-finals of the 2012 edition but went ahead to beat Germany 1-0 in the third-place match.
Other Africa representatives at the 2016 Fifa Under–17 Women’s World Cup, Cameroon and Nigeria were drawn in Groups B and C respectively.
Group A: Jordan, Spain, Mexico , New Zealand
Group B: Venezuela, Germany, Cameroon, Canada
Group C: Nigeria, Brazil, England, Korea DPR
Group D: USA, Paraguay, Ghana, Japan