Ghana’s Black Maiden’s will be looking to make it a double over Korea DPR when they clash in the quarter-final game of the on-going FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup today at the Al Hassan International Stadium in Irbid.
The Black Maidens at the 2014 edition of the tournament held in Costa Rica, defeated Korea DPR 2-0 in a Group B encounter which saw them top the group ahead of Canada and Germany.
Coach of the team, Evans Adotey is wary of the threat the Koreans pose and is ready for combat to repeat the feat even in the face of the financial difficulties that has bedeviled the team.
One key architect of the 2014 victory is present Skipper of the team, Sandra Owusu-Ansah whose second half strike in that game drove the nail into the coffin of the Koreans.
With two goals at this tournament, Owusu-Ansah who before the tournament stated her desire to win the goal queen award at the tournament will have to find her scoring boots to propel her side into a straight second semi-final against Venezuela who defeated Mexico 2-1 in the first quarter-finals yesterday.
Owusu-Ansah’s sublime strike from 25 yards earned Ghana a deserved 1-0 win over Paraguay to see them through to the quarters. Against Korea, she knows a lot about the Koreans and has warned her team mates not to underrate the opposition who can cause havoc on the day.
Ghana lost the opening game 5-0 against Japan, revived their tournament chances with a 2-1 win over USA and followed with a 1-0 win over Paraguay, to live up to the pre-tournament prediction of book makers.
The Ghanaians would be without two key players for this afternoon’s game. Midfield general Grace Asantewaa and defender Uwaisa Mawia would be out due to suspension and are expected to be replaced by Grace Acheampong and Linda Amoako.
The Koreans thumped fellow African powerhouse Nigeria 3-0 in their last group game and coach Adotey and his charges are aware of what they present today.
Coach Sin Jong Bok has kept his cards close to his chest but has assured there will be no complacency when they face the Ghanaians.
With the defeat of two years ago fresh on their minds, the Koreans are leaving no stone unturned in their quest for glory.
Korea DPR’s success at the tournament is largely dependent on their sharp attack which the Ghanaian girls must be wary of.
Winner of the tie will meet Venezuela, winners of yesterday’s quarter final game against Mexico. The Venezuelans won 2-1.
By Raymond Ackumey