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FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup 2018


Ghana's U-17 women's squad pose for a team photo

FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup record​​
Ghana are perennial participants at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, having played in every edition of the tournament, beginning with New Zealand 2008. Their best performance came at Azerbaijan 2012, when they managed to take home a bronze medal, after defeating Germany in the match for third place. The Black Maidens followed that historic performance, with two quarter-final appearances in 2014 and 2016.

The road to Uruguay
Ghana started their qualifying campaign with a 5-1 win over Gambia in the first round in Bakau, thanks to a four-goal performance from captain Mukarama Abdulai. They followed that up with a 2-0 victory over Gambia in Cape Coast. In the second round, they came up against Djibouti, which proved to be a lopsided contest, as the Black Maidens cruised to a 19-0 aggregate win to secure their place in Uruguay.

The coach
Ghana have the experienced Evans Adotey at the helm. Adotey was in charge of the last two U-17 Women's World Cup campaigns, in which the Black Maidens exited after the quarter-finals on both occasions. He has experience at both the women's youth level and with men's club side Medeama in Ghana, having worked as a technical director and a head coach in the past.

The stat
12 - Defenders at Uruguay 2018 will need to watch out for Abdulai. The forward scored four goals in both matches against Djibouti, and four earlier in qualification, to see her become the continent's top scorer by quite a distance (12 goals).