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U-20 WWC: Mukarama, Elshaddai, Esinam Sampson among 32 Princesses for pre-World Cup camp



The Black Princesses of Ghana are set to return for preparations for the Costa Rica 2022 Fifa U-20 Women’s World Cup with 32 players called to camp.

The team dispersed on March 28 after successfully securing a sixth qualification to the tournament.

With some 64 days to kickoff, coach Ben Fokuo has received the all-clear to regroup with his charges and begin the process of finalizing his roster for the big campaign ahead.

Uruguay 2018 Fifa U-17 World Cup golden boot winner Mukarama Abdulai makes a return to the Princesses after missing most of the qualifying matches.

Her then Black Maidens teammate Elshaddai Acheampong has also received an invite after a prolific season in India with league-winning Gokulam Kerala. The striker top-scored the 2021/22 Indian Women’s League (IWL) with a record 20 goals in 11 matches.

There is a first-time call-up for winger Sharon Esinam Sampson who plays for Telge United FF in the Swedish Division 2.

Also, captain Evelyn Badu – who missed some of the World Cup qualifiers after her transfer from Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies to Norwegian side Avaldsnes IL – has been named among the called-up players.

All 32 invited players are expected to report to the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence in Prampram on Sunday, June 12.

Costa Rica 2022

Ghana are housed in a tough Group D with the USA, Japan and the Netherlands for the 16-team tournament scheduled for August 10-28.

Princesses will open their campaign in the group against record winners USA at Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto on August 11 before taking on reigning champions Japan in their second game at the same venue three days later.

The final group game for Ghana is against the Netherlands on August 17 at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.

Invited players

Goalkeepers (4):

Cynthia Fiindib Konlan (Pearl Pia Ladies), Grace Buoadu Banwaa (Hasaacas Ladies), Abigail Tawiah Mensah (Berry Ladies), Ziblim Farhama (Bagabaga Ladies)

Defenders (9):

Louisa Aniwaa (Police Ladies), Selina Anima (Berry Ladies), Abena Anoma Opoku (Ampem Darkoa Ladies), Zuleiha Fuseini (Pearl Pia Ladies), Rebecca Atinga (Prisons Ladies), Ayisha Yakubu (Pearlpia Ladies), Comfort Yeboah (Ampem Darkoa Ladies), Anasthesia Achiaa (Ampem Darkoa Ladies), Susan Ama Duah (Berry Ladies)

Midfielders (8):

Cecilia Nyama (Ridge City Women), Azumah Bugre (Hasaacas Ladies), Monica Addai (Berry Ladies), Stella Nyamekye (Dreamz Ladies), Evelyn Badu (Avaldsnes IL, Norway), Afia Nyarko (Kumasi Sports Academy), Jacqueline Owusu Amoako (Dreamz Ladies), Elshaddai Acheampong (Gokulam Kerala, India)

Wingers (6):

Rahama Jafar (Northern Ladies), Grace Anima (Police Ladies), Gifty Addai Boakye (LadyStrikers), Suzzy Dede Teye (LadyStrikers), Mafia Nyame (Faith Ladies), Sharon Esinam Sampson (Hammarby IF, Sweden)

Strikers (5):

Ophelia Serwaa Amponsah (Ampem Darkoa Ladies), Salamatu Abdulai (Northern Ladies), Doris Boaduwaa (Hassacas Ladies), Elizabeth Oppong (Thunder Queens), Mukarama Abdulai (Deportivo Alaves, Spain)



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