With little fanfare & no national broadcasting in the USA, unless you are one of the few who know the internet sites to catch it on, very few may know that FIFA’s Under 20 Women’s World Cup is being held in Germany. The matches began on July 13th with another classic Ghana VS USA match up that ended in a draw. Unfortunately the Black Princesses of Ghana (the juniors/youngins’ of the national team the Black Queens) in their first ever showing at the Under 20 World Cup did not fair as well as the Black Satellites, who are the current defending champions of the the men’s Under 20 World Cup. Although the Black Princesses only lost 1 game to Korea Republic, they did not make it out of their group based on points, which had defending champions USA & Korea Republic making it out of group play leaving Ghana & Switzerland out. With national team names like The Black Queens & the Black Princesses is it any wonder that Ghanaian women walk around with an air of heirs to royalty-LOL!
“Ghana did it again to the United States, though this time on a smaller scale. At the Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany, Ghana shocked the defending champs with a 1-1 tie in the opening match. Elizabeth Cudjoe scored for Ghana in the 8th minute with a blast from about 30 yards that just caught the left goalpost and banked in…” READ MORE
The bigger news to come out of this year’s Under 20 Women’s World Cup is that for the first time since its inception in 2002, an African nation has reached the final & that nation is no other than Nigeria. After much national controversy played out on the world stage & a less than stellar showing at the World Cup which led Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan to suspend the Nigeria Football Federation from FIFA competition for 2 years, putting the Falconets in jeopardy of not being able to attend this year’s world cup, the ban was lifted on July 5, 2010 & as they say the rest is history. The women footballers of Nigeria have truly made history & are looking to raise the pride of green & white by bringing back the winning spirit, honor, glory & respect of Nigerian Football. The Falconets have done what the Super Eagles could not do, they not only made it out of group play but also made history as they solidified their place in the finals against the host nation. The Falconets have brought Nigerians high hopes & hope to soar to the highest heights as they bring the cup home! We salute you lady ballers-May you continue to Soar as Falconets!
“The two teams who will contest the final of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2010 became clear after Thursday’s two semi-finals. While hosts Germany won the first with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Korea Republic, Nigeria were made to sweat during a close-fought 1-0 success against Colombia…semi-final between Nigeria and Colombia was a far tenser affair. The match got off to an extraordinary start when the Africans took the lead just two minutes in, but Ndem Egan’s charges were forced to endure wave after wave of South American attacks as the match wore on. However, the Falconets held on to continue their magnificent run at Germany 2010 and become the first African team to reach the final of a FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup...” READ MORE