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U-20 WWCQ: Fokuo names 22 Princesses for Ethiopia trip

Ghana coach, Ben Fokuo has named 22 players to face Ethiopia in the qualifiers to the 2022 Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The Black Princesses play away in the first leg of the final round of the African qualifiers to the Costa Rica World Cup.

The match is scheduled for Abebe Bikila Stadium in Addis Ababa on Sunday, March 13, 2022. Kickoff is at 13:00 GMT.

Coach Fokuo’s squad is dominated by players from the Ghana Women’s Premier League. But captain Evelyn Badu and centre-back Susan Ama Duah who recently joined Norwegian side Avaldsnes IL are unable to join the team.

Five others from the squad that eliminated Uganda in the last qualifying round did not make the cut this time. They include Anasthesia Achiaa (Ampem Darkoa Ladies), Evelyn Badu (Hasaacas Ladies), Rahama Jafaru (Hasaacas Ladies), Constance Serwa Agyemang (Berry Ladies), Sophia Mabena Agyaakwa (Berry Ladies) and Amina Ahamadu (FC Savannah).

The Black Princesses’ attack will be headed by Hasaacas Ladies’ Doris Boaduwaa, Salamatu Abdulai of Northern Ladies and Ophelia Serwaa Amponsah of Ampem Darkoa Ladies.

Comfort Yeboah and Stella Nyamekye made it to the squad after a good performance in the Black Maidens qualifier against Senegal last week.

The Black Princesses depart Accra for Addis Ababa midday Friday.

The winner on aggregate after the second leg two weeks later in Cape Coast qualifies for the U-20 Women’s World Cup slated for August.

Travelling Squad:

Goalkeepers (3):

Cynthia Fiindib Konlan (Pearl Pia Ladies), Grace Buoadu Banwaa (Hasaacas Ladies), Abigail Tawiah Mensah (Berry Ladies)

Defenders (7):

Louisa Aniwaa (Police Ladies), Selina Anima (Berry Ladies), Abena Anoma Opoku (Ampem Darkoa Ladies), Zuleiha Fuseini (Pearl Pia Ladies), Rebecca Atinga (Prisons Ladies), Ayisha Yakubu (Pearlpia Ladies), Comfort Yeboah (Ampem Darkoa Ladies)

Midfielders (5):

Cecilia Nyama (Ridge City Women), Azumah Bugre (Hasaacas Ladies), Monica Addai (Berry Ladies), Mafia Nyame (Faith Ladies), Stella Nyamekye (Dreamz Ladies)

Wingers (4):

Afia Nyarko (Kumasi Sports Academy), Grace Anima (Police Ladies), Gifty Addai Boakye (LadyStrikers), Suzzy Dede Teye (LadyStrikers)

Strikers (3):

Ophelia Serwaa Amponsah (Ampem Darkoa Ladies), Salamatu Abdulai (Northern Ladies), Doris Boaduwaa (Hassacas Ladies)


Princesses’ matches so far:

  • Third Round

Zambia 0-0 Ghana

Ghana 1-0 Zambia

  • Fourth Round

Uganda 1-2 Ghana

Ghana 5-0 Uganda


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