The Maidens, Africa’s sole representative in the last four will be carrying the continent’s hope on its shoulders when they play Les Bleuettes who themselves are making it beyond the group stage for the first time.
The Maidens, the first African nation to reach the semi finals will have a heavy responsibility of brushing aside the French and also avenge defeats for fellow Africans, Gambia and Nigeria who both succumb to the Europeans.
Having already beaten Gambia and Nigeria at the competition, Les Bleuettes will have every reason to feel confident ahead of the tie with the Maidens tagged the surprise package at the biannual gathering.
Following Ghana’s impressive run that saw them knock out favourites Japan in the last eight, the Maidens will automatically start on paper as favourite though France also posted an equally shocking result with that defeat pushed on the throat of Nigeria who were tipped to travel far.
Coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani will obviously be hoping to have the best of ‘golden girl’ Jane Ayieyam, Priscilla Okyere, Sherifatu Sumaila, Naomi Anima and among others to carry through their resistance and fighting spirit to push history even further.
The Maidens have exhibited an incredible tactical discipline since losing their first group game 1-2 to Germany and against France, Dramani and his charges are expected to turn it on again in the game that clearly will be grueling.