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Black Princesses win but miss qualification by a whisker

Published on: 13 August 2014
Black Princesses

The Black Princesses secured a late 2-1 win win Finland at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup but failed to progress from the Group stage on goal difference.

Despite amassing six points, the Princesses were tied on points with leaders Korea DPR and Canada but had a goal difference of minus -1.

Korea had a healthy goal difference of plus three and Canada plus 1.

Jennifer Cudjoe scored the match winner for the Princesses four minutes from full time but that was no enough to help Ghana reach the last-eight of the competition.

The two sides exchanged second-half goals via Juliette Kemppi and Sherifatu Sumaila, but despite the late drama Ghana were left agonisingly short of Group A rivals Canada and Korea DPR on goal difference.

The group was intriguingly poised going into the final round with both teams still alive, though anxiously awaiting the outcome of the contest between leaders Korea DPR and second-placed Canada in Montreal.

The match in Moncton proved to be an absorbing affair with both sides searching desperately for the win which might lift them into a maiden last-eight appearance.

The contest was evenly poised from the outset with chances at either ends. Wasila Diwura-Soale failed to convert a golden opportunity from close range for Ghana, while Finland’s Nora Heroum struck the crossbar with a free-kick.

Emilia Iskanius was then forced to clear off the line for the Europeans after Diwura-Soale had looked to profit from the goalkeeper’s error.

However, it was the Finns that concluded the opening period with the better openings as Natalia Kuikka and Heroum both narrowly failed to find the target.

Finland did go on to grab the opener five minutes after the interval, though, with Kemppi converting smartly from Ria Oling’s assist.

However, a desperate Ghana turned on the power and eventually equalised just past the midway point of the half with Sumaila taking advantage of a turnover to slot home.

Finland goalkeeper Krista Moisio made a superb point-blank stop from Veronica Appiah, but Ghana were not to be denied and Cudjoe powerfully converted with a drive from the edge of the penalty area for the winner.


This article has 11 comment(s), give your comment
  • despite says:
    August 13, 2014 12:13 pm
    Ghana is unique in African ......becos of this , Ghana has become an hatred country. When its come to education, sports, medication, good doctors, civilization, humble personalities. No African country can compare to Ghana. Only foolish people always talk against Ghana. From despite- Philadelphia ( USA)
  • Boro says:
    August 13, 2014 11:04 am
    After Winnig our first match instead of (Bashiro who has failed from coaching our boys to our girls because of his incompetence ) concentrating on winnig the other matches was everywhere taking about winnig the ultimate this, talkative coach. Somebody won bronze with this team but you could not qualify from even the group stage. It is about time Ghana stop employing the services of coaches like Bashiro and his alike from coaching our national teams to avoid wasting our young talents, please GFA. Shame on you Bashiro!!! You shaaa paaa!
  • AK says:
    August 13, 2014 10:27 am
    Some people collected $100,000 and came home with 1 point. These girls are probably going to get NOTHING! In other news, how did Korea fail to score against Canada?
  • 9ja [African champions] says:
    August 13, 2014 09:18 am
  • Asenegal says:
    August 13, 2014 07:39 am
    @Fish or whatever u call urself why do u always make nasty nd unreasonable comments about Gsn? Few days ago they repported about how Jordan's supension, prevented him 4rm playing 4 his team nd u didnt understand.If u dont like what they post, don't come hear then
  • Toni says:
    August 13, 2014 06:56 am
    Ghana is finished!
  • Chukwe says:
    August 13, 2014 06:46 am
    Our Falconets are still exploring the skies.
  • NONI(9JA 1ST SON) says:
    August 13, 2014 06:39 am
    Malonogedede malonogedede malonogedede oh eh...... malonogedede malonogedede malonogedede oh eh! malonogedede dedededededede oh eh! ilogedede ilogedede ilogedede oh eh..... TERRY G ft TIMAYA....... Mehn am so happy for this news.... Now tell me the true king of AFRICAN football! NIGERIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
  • Issahosu says:
    August 13, 2014 05:45 am
    They did well without supporters,d still manage to get a six points,better luck nxt tym......!
  • Isaac says:
    August 13, 2014 05:39 am
    Superb performance by all standards,better time next time-please nurture them to advances to the premium,black queens
  • fish says:
    August 13, 2014 04:26 am
    Black princesses miss qualification by a whisker,and so what should we do?.Should we pull their whiskers very hard for them to learn their lessons,or what?.