By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
The Moroccan U-20 women’s team on Thursday defeated their Ghanaian counterparts 1-0 in an international friendly, www.kick442.com reports.
The keenly contested encounter was decided by Safa Banouk’s goal for the visitors (Morocco) in the 38th minute.
The result was a warning signal for women’s football heavyweight in Africa like Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, and South Africa after former Olympique Lyonnais coach Reynald Pedros was been appointed as the new Morocco women’s team coach.
The 2018 FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year joins the Moroccan federation this week.
Ghana and Nigeria have fully dominated the U20 scene, with Ghana qualifying for the last five editions of the U20 Women’s World Cup; and Nigeria all the nine editions that have been played so far.
The 2020 edition of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup was initially to be hosted jointly by Costa Rica and Panama in August 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been postponed to January 2021, to be solely hosted by Costa Rica. Due to having the highest COVID-19 cases and deaths in the region, Panama withdrew from hosting this event along with 2022 Central American and Caribbean Games. The tournament was initially postponed to 2021, subject to further monitoring.
On 17 November 2020, FIFA announced that the 2020 edition of the tournament would be cancelled.
Following the cancellation of the 2020 edition, Costa Rica was appointed as hosts of the next edition of the tournament in 2022.
FT: Ghana (U20) 0-1 Morocco (U20)
[Safa Banouk 38′]
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