Ahead of the last round of the U17 Women World Cup qualifier, Ghana’s women U17 team, Black Maiden has resumed training for Nigeria, OJB Sport reports.
Nigeria’s Flamingoes will slug it out with their counterpart from Ghana in the final round of the qualifier with first leg to be played in Ghana and second leg coming up in Nigeria.
The game supposed to have been played earlier in the year but was suspended indefinitely due to outbreak of Corona virus across the continent and World.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s update number 14 on measures taken against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic that was broadcasted on Sunday, July 26, 2020.
Ghana Football Association ( GFA) on Monday released a statement confirming the resumption of various national teams.
” Our female Under-20 and Under-17 national football teams have been given the clearance to go into their respective training camps to begin preparations towards their FIFA and CAF-sanctioned international matches, which begin in September,
“Whilst in training, the playing, technical and management teams must observe strictly all the protocols issued by Government, CAF and FIFA against COVID-19. All other team and contact sports, and competitive sporting events remain suspended till further notice,” the statement read.
The head coach of the team Bala Nuhu and team skipper Basirat Alhassan was elated over the team resumption.
” I am so happy and glad that the President has given us the greenlight to start camping towards our last hurdle.
I gave out several exercises during the restriction period to all the players who were in camp before the break.
My technical team and I did this in bid to keep them active. I am glad that now we can group together as a team to fine-tune our preparations,” Nuhu said.
On behalf of my teammates, we are very happy and excited that after FIFA and CAF had given the go-ahead to resume the qualifiers, today the President has also given us the greenlight to begin camping. The entire team is very happy about our coming back to the field. I believe together we will be able to put the team in a very good shape ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria,” Alhassan stated.
FIFA has also announced that the U – 17 Women’s World Cup with India as the host is expected to come off from February 17 to March 7, 2021.