It is the end of the road for Africa in the 2012 FIFA u-17
Women World Cup as Ghana’s Black Maidens yesterday in Baku, Azerbaijan, could
not keep Africa’s flag flying as they crashed 0-2 to France.
They lost to goals from Kadidiatou Diani, who scored in the
31st and 89th minutes of the competition’s first semi-final match at the 8 km
The French side which had been responsible for the ouster of
Nigeria’s Flamingoes in the quarter-finals on Thursday in Baku, returned to the
same venue to claim another African scalp.
Before beating Nigeria 5-3 on penalties after a goalless
draw, the French side had beaten Africa’s third representatives Gambia 10-2.
The French side’s match against Gambia was in a first round
Group B match at the Dalga Arena, also in Baku.
The 17-year-old Diani had jumped higher than her marker to
head home after Mario Romanelli’s ball was floated into the box after 30
This was after even exchanges which, however, still had
evidence of French domination and then culminated in giving them advantage with
the opening goal.
But Ghana’s task was made all the more difficult after 52
minutes when Jane Ayieyam received a second yellow card, and this swung
possession in France’s way
France will on Saturday meet the winners of Korea
DPR/Germany fixture in the other semi-finals, with the losers facing Ghana earlier
in the day.