Black Queens back home

Members of the Black Maidens at the Kotoka International Airport

Members of the Black Maidens at the Kotoka International Airport

The Black Maidens arrived home yesterday after participating in the ongoing FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay where they were kicked out at the quarter finals stage.

 

They lost to the El Tri of Mexico 4-2 on penalties on Sunday.

 

Led by the Technical Director of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) coach Oti Akenteng, the team was met on arrival by the Acting Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA) Mr. Majeed Bawa.

 

Mr. Bawa congratulated them for the exploits and expressed government’s gratitude for lifting the flag of Ghana.

 

“You demonstrated to the world that you are capable of annexing the World Cup but unfortunately your best was not enough.”

 

Mr. Bawa noted that Ghanaians are encouraged by what the team’s display and hoped that the team will stay together and aim to win the next major tournament.

 

He said whoever would be appointed the trainer for the team should aim to keep them together to develop for the country to benefit.

 

He assured that the Ministry was preparing a special package for them, adding that, at the appropriate time the Minister for Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah would announce it.

 

At the M-Plaza Hotel where the team lodged, they were joined by a member of the Normalisation Committee, Madam Naa Odofoley Nortey who urged the girls not to rest on their oars but build upon their achievement and get it right the next time.

 

Skipper of the side, Mukarama Abdulai thanked government and the people of Ghana for their unflinching support and apologised for their inability to return home with the ultimate.

BY RAYMOND ACKUMEY

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