Ghana’s junior national women’s teams, the Black Princesses and the Black Maidens have been given the green light by government to begin preparations ahead of their respective qualifying events later this year.
President Akufo-Addo in his address to the nation on Sunday night on measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, eased restrictions on football activities for the first time since March, allowing the two national teams to begin training by adhering to the safety protocols.
“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 president said in his statement.
After successfully dispatching Liberia 10-0 over two legs, the Nuru Mallam’s Black Maidens will engage Nigeria in the last round qualifying match on 30th October, 2020 in the first leg, with the return leg slated for 20th November, 2020.
🗣 #BlackMaidens🇬🇭 and #BlackPrincesses🇬🇭 have been given clearance to begin camping 🏕 in preparation towards their various International assignments with strict adherence to #Covid19 protocols-@NAkufoAddo#ShineBlackMaidens💫 | #U17WWCQ#ShineBlackPrincesses💫|#U20WWCQ pic.twitter.com/8slCSyGW9O
— Ghana Women National Teams (@Team_GhanaWomen) July 26, 2020
The 2020 FIFA Women’s U-17 World Cup was originally scheduled to be held between 2 and 21 November 2020 in India but has now been rescheduled to take place between 17 February – 7 March 2021 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
After drawing a bye in the first round of qualifying, Yussif Basigi’s Black Princesses will be engaged in a FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifiers against Guinea-Bissau on September 4, 2020 with the return leg in Accra 7 days later.
The 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which was originally scheduled to come off in August 2020 in Costa Rica has been rescheduled for 20 January – 6 February 2021.