African reps stumble at U20 Women’s World Cup first hurdle

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Photo: Getty Images
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African countries at the 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France will have to up the ante after their opening day defeats.

Ghana’s Black Princesses had a first outing at the U20 Women’s World Cup they will want to forget in a hurry as they bid to make amends on Wednesday when they face the Netherlands at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes.

The Ghanaians were handed a 1-4 defeat in their opening game against hosts France. After a little after half an hour into the match in Vannes, Ghana trailed three-nil and that presented them a mountain to climb.

The French U20s raced into a three-goal lead through strikes by Emelyne Laurent’s double and the effort of Helene Fercocq.

Yussif Basigi’s girls gave themselves a glimmer of hope via Sandra Owusu Ansah’s goal on 58 minutes.

Any chance of Ghana making the scoreline respectable faded in the sunshine of Vanne when France substitute Sandy Baltimore netted the four in added time.

Falconets fall to Germans again

Nigeria’s Falconets looked every inch comfortable against their German opponents in Saint-Malo on Tuesday before succumbing to Stefanie Sanders’ strike in the 69th minute.

No doubt the Germans were favourites before the contest kicked off as they had previously won every of their three past meetings with the African nation.

The Nigerians nonetheless will take positives like the impressive performance of Chiamaka Nnadozie between the sticks from their defeat into their next match against Haiti on Thursday.

© The Predictor NG

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