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Black Maidens snatch historic semi-final berth at FIFA U17 Women's World Cup

Published on: 05 October 2012

Ghana became the first African country to reach the semi-final of the FIFA U17 Women's World Cup after a hard-fought 1-0 win over Japan in Baku on Friday night.

Winger Sherifatu Sumaila scored the only in the 53rd minute and the Black Maidens put up a masterclass defensive game to protect that goal.

The speedster's shot was underrated by Japan goalkeeper Chika Hirao and the ball passed through her legs.

The first half belonged to the Little Nadeshiko who had a chunk of territorial dominance but could not convert their chances.

In the 73rd minute, fired from long range from Rika Masuya but her effort went off-target.

Goalkeeper Victoria Agyei stretched to parry a last minute header in stoppage time to the keep the close.

This is the first time the Black Maidens have progressed to the medal zone after three appearances at the finals.

Ghana will play France, who eliminated Nigeria 5-3 on penalties, next Tuesday in the semi-final.



  • Africanus says:
    October 05, 2012 06:52 pm
    In women football, older players are a disadvantage, since older women do better in the bedroom than on the football field.... laugh!!!
  • Charles mensah says:
    October 05, 2012 07:22 pm
    We thank ALMIGHTY GOD for the wonderful grace that HE has poured upon us. We are really happy, amazed and joyful for bringing yet another smiles on the faces of all Ghanaians.
  • Africanus says:
    October 05, 2012 06:47 pm
    God don't play football. Why will God be against Japan?
  • ksmart says:
    October 05, 2012 06:33 pm
    Check the following link for the highlights.
  • Plance says:
    October 05, 2012 06:16 pm
    It was a fine game that kept me sitting on the edge of my seat all game. Tactics was the plan of the day and surely tactics won the day. Thank and respect to the technical team. In fact, Ayienam was great! She stood her ground and hit the ground running all game, took the game to the Japanese defence and drops back to support the defence when it matters most. Blackstars strikers should take cuew. Talking about defence Anima, Opoku, Coleman and the left back (sorry to miss her name) were marvellous and displayed great awareness. For the goalkeeper(ADJEI) The least said the better. She was splendid! And Okyere (EL CAPITANO) CUDOS and keep it up. Sumaila, what a goal you scored. Your pace down the flanks caused the japanese defence load of problems, your skill on the ball was great. And to the rest of the team, BRAVO! Long live the Black Maidens! Long live mother Ghana!! LONG LIVE AFRICA!!!
  • KN says:
    October 05, 2012 06:13 pm
    Amazing!! Just amazing!! Congratulation Maidens!! Thanks be to God!!!
  • Aaaaaw oooow says:
    October 05, 2012 06:14 pm
    They repd GH and making us proud. We luv wha they r doing and we r singing their praise. Thumbs Up MAIDENS¿
  • MICHAEL says:
    October 05, 2012 05:59 pm
    I congratulate the Black Maidens. My only worry is that I hope we are honest about their ages. Are all of them 17 years or below? Or are we cheating with over aged players? God is the best judg.e
  • Markwell says:
    October 05, 2012 09:14 pm
    Although we won we played badly.Ball possession was Japan 67% na Ghana 33%.I don't think we can beat France.
  • Mimi says:
    October 05, 2012 08:33 pm
    Overraged players.
  • Markwell says:
    October 05, 2012 09:11 pm
    Psalmwell you are wrong, France will beat us hands down mark my words.The Japanese out played us.Ball possession was 67% to our 33%
  • george says:
    October 05, 2012 10:59 pm
    Markwell Goal nay3fef3, if the possession is 99percent we dont care or we need is win
  • Anokwale says:
    October 06, 2012 10:47 am
    Let us hope they continue to concentrate. Physically, these girls are in much better condition than the under 20 team. I think all the Ghana teams, men and women, need to follow the example of how this team plays with determination.
  • Love_Gh says:
    October 05, 2012 05:29 pm
    Well done maidens!!!. I hope the guys watched this match. They were tactically discipline throughout the entire duration of the game. The goalie was injured but she put it behind her and continue to the very end. Very proud of our Maidens.
  • Psalmwell says:
    October 05, 2012 05:09 pm
    Having watched every single game of the Black Maidens,this game brought out the defensive aspect of their gameplay and they will go all the way to the finals.Trust me,they will beat France come next Tuesday.Congrats to Coach Didi,the technical staff and playing body.I was impressed with little Naomi Anima.Thumbs up
  • Kay says:
    October 05, 2012 05:31 pm
    Ghana is always first. Take it or leave it. Haters, go burn the sea.
  • setor says:
    October 05, 2012 05:13 pm
    WOW!!!!!,Really happy,want to see the trophy in gh.
  • Owusu Isaac says:
    October 05, 2012 05:15 pm
    I said it that this ladies are in for good records and its counting. They are bringing the cup to Ghana. Good work done Maidens. Do the do and Ghana is rally behind U.
  • paul gyamfi says:
    October 05, 2012 05:25 pm
    well done black maidens u will go to da finals.Insha Allahu.
  • koo says:
    October 05, 2012 05:10 pm
    good game Super Black Maidens. I was tensed through out the game but I love their defensive capabilities having conceded only a goal. Wish Ghana the glory!
    October 05, 2012 05:10 pm
  • NABY says:
    October 05, 2012 05:15 pm
    Excellent display,the girls were tactically disciplined today which culminated in this triumph,They must not rest on their oars but strive to put France to the sword come next tuesday,the sky is no longer the limit,we can surely win our first trophy in women's soccer as long as we remain grounded and firmly focused on our next game,one game at a time,Congrats maidens,congrats coach Mas-ud Dramani and his technical team,we are solidly behind you in prayers
  • theprince says:
    October 05, 2012 05:14 pm
    it was a had fought one but god was on our side! congrats to the ladies
  • Worlase says:
    October 05, 2012 05:11 pm
    Congrats, gals. More glory ahead
  • keith from germany says:
    October 05, 2012 04:59 pm
    well done n congrats
  • Prince says:
    October 05, 2012 05:01 pm
    Good work done ladies...Keep working hard and by the Grace of God the Cup will come down to Ghana...We are bless
  • Mochacho-USA says:
    October 05, 2012 05:01 pm
    Good job,gels
  • Ghanaman says:
    October 05, 2012 11:48 pm
    Well done to the team! We are all behind you. Plan well for France and bring us Victory. Well done!
  • fenandohussien says:
    October 05, 2012 11:27 pm
    we thank God
  • Ghanaman says:
    October 05, 2012 11:47 pm
    God curse your mother the whore for giving birth to an idiot like you! Shame on you and I hope you die for making these false accusations!
  • Ghanaman says:
    October 05, 2012 11:46 pm
    IDIOT!For suggesting that they may not be you deserve to die. I hope everyone that see's you on the street assumes the worst about you! God curse your mother the whore for giving birth to such an idiot like you!!
  • selfmade says:
    October 06, 2012 12:38 am
    Ghana will win this tournament and i have said this rite from the beginning of this tournament!!!! Anyone wana challenge me??? Viva the revolutioncion!!! The number 2 always favoured Ghana,1982, 1962, Barcelona 92, any connection here? Ghana will smashed all records and win this tournament!!! Mark this space!! Viva the revolutioncion!!
  • Nana YAW says:
    October 06, 2012 03:27 am
    Hmmmm selfmade
  • Whocares? says:
    October 06, 2012 02:37 am
    Great work Ghana.
  • the truth says:
    October 06, 2012 03:56 am
    i just saw the game and the girls played great! great goal from sumaila and every single player on the floor. great goal keeping too