Six players from the Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies’ Caf Women’s Champions League silver-winning squad have earned invitations to the Ghana U-20 female national team.
The Black Princesses are entering the final stretch of their preparations to face Zambia in the third round of the African qualifiers to the 2022 Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup to be hosted by Costa Rica.
And head coach Ben Fokuo has decided to call up six members of the impressive Hasaacas Ladies squad – most of whom had been on his roster – to join their teammates immediately after returning from the continental club tournament in Egypt last Monday.
The Hasmal contingent includes goalkeeper Grace Banwah who kept in all games, defender Asanah Bugre, midfielder Azumah Bugre, star girl Evely Badu who bagged the top scorer and best player awards at the Caf Women’s Champions League, as well as wingers Rahama Jafar and Doris Boaduwaa.
Ghana are yet to kick a ball in the qualifiers so far. They were exempted from the first round of the qualifiers alongside a number of big wigs.
The second round pairings had pitted the Black Princesses against Mauritania but the central Africans withdrew from the qualifiers, giving the Ghanaians an easy passage to face Zambia.
The young Copper Queens hammered Malawi 8-1 over two legs – 6-0 at home and 2-1 in the away fixture the previous weekend.
Black Princesses will play away first at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on the weekend of 2-4 December before hosting the return leg on the weekend of 16-18 December.
The aggregate winner will then face either Uganda or South Africa in the fourth and penultimate qualifying round.
Two teams will emerge after the fifth round as the representatives of Africa at Costa Rica 2022.
Ghana are hoping to make it a record sixth straight outing at the U-20 Fifa Women’s World Cup finals (previous 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018).