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Princesses stun hosts Canada in U20 Women's World Cup opener

Published on: 06 August 2014
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The Black Princesses made a winning start to their 2014 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup campaign after beating hosts Canada 1-0 at the National Soccer Stadium in Toronto.

Striker Sherifatu Sumaila’s 22nd minute strike was all Ghana needed to grab the points in a hard-fought contest which saw goalkeeper Victor Adjei emerge player of the match following some superb saves.

A fast paced opening set up an entertaining first half, even if gilt-edged chances remained at a premium.

Canada defender Kadeisha Buchanan made several important interceptions but she could do little to prevent Sumaila breaking the deadlock on 22 minutes. The goalscorer weaved past several defenders before feeding team-mate Edem Atovor whose low cross was not dealt with by the goalkeeper, and Sumaila took full toll from close range.

Canada’s best chance arrived a few minutes before the interval as Emma Fletcher struck Victoria Agyei’s post with an effort from the left.

The hosts, urged on by a vociferous strong 14,834 crowd, built momentum throughout the second half but fell agonisingly short of an equaliser as they pressed hard in the dying stages.

At the other end Ghana created few chances but they looked steady for much of the match, aside from the late onslaught.

Nichelle Prince added spark for Canada when she entered the fray on the hour mark. Most notably, the speedy left-sided Prince saw a shot on the turn saved by Agyei.

Canada turned the screws in the final ten minutes with Ashley Campbell pushing a header wide, while Buchanan did likewise in injury time from Prince’s cross.



This article has 16 comment(s), give your comment
  • manuel says:
    August 06, 2014 12:39 pm
    which tv station is showing de match, guys. any Ghanaian station showing it.
  • GIDEON says:
    August 06, 2014 02:45 pm
    great job girlfrieds show them that Ghana is not about black stars
  • kk says:
    August 06, 2014 09:17 am
    Now those of you looking for Canadian VISA can forget about it.
  • richard nortey says:
    August 06, 2014 07:38 am
    Go girls go ghana, we can do it is our time.
  • wilson attitoe says:
    August 06, 2014 06:53 am
    The girls were technically & tactically aware. They played for each other, no selfishness. Next time the full backs & wingers should clip crosses more than they did. On the whole an impressive performance.
  • Agyemang Duah says:
    August 06, 2014 04:05 am
    Great job by Bashir Hayford and his ladies. They should continue the good work
  • Ek says:
    August 06, 2014 04:21 am
    Cut and paste. Lazy journalism.
  • Freshericluv says:
    August 06, 2014 04:35 am
    We need highlights videos..not everyone got the chance to watch the game
  • Divaro says:
    August 06, 2014 02:09 am
    The girls were lucky. Canada was the better side. If we dont up our game we would be back home. The player who stood out in the game especially the first half is Atovor.
  • Adi says:
    August 06, 2014 02:10 am
    Good work and good example pis off all the male national teams u girls are really the pride of ghana.tankx
  • kenkey says:
    August 06, 2014 02:16 am
    Bashir Hayford is an asshole,he is not teaching the girls anything we just lucky.
  • Toni says:
    August 06, 2014 02:24 am
    Winning against the run of play.
  • Bazzaro says:
    August 06, 2014 02:50 am
    Gud job guyz
  • Francis says:
    August 06, 2014 03:07 am
    In fact Canada outplayed us.We cannot lift the cup.
  • Askanki says:
    August 06, 2014 03:13 am
    Bashir Hayford and the black princesses suck.
  • Papa Addo says:
    August 06, 2014 03:15 am
    @Divaro no one would be mad at the princesses if they get knocked out from the group stage for at least they got one win unlike our boys...and also not forgetting a powerhouse in womens football. BE MORE POSITIVE