Former Black Stars of Ghana International, Abukari Damba, has advised his compatriots, the Black Queens, not to concentrate on beating the Super Falcons of Nigeria, but focus on dealing with the countries in their group.
Damba told Goal: “Nigeria have always been a threat because of their pedigree and the kind of quality they have so far as women’s football is concerned.”
“We should not focus on what Nigeria can do, but on what Ghana can do. Our focus should be on Ghana and how we can qualify from our group.“If we’re able to qualify from the group, then we can think about what we’ll do when we meet the Nigerians. We’re in a very trying group,” he said.
While also commenting on the teams the Black Stars will meet en route to the final, Damba said, “Looking at the pedigree of Cameroun, they’re a very experienced side when it comes to women’s football. Mali are stubborn as well. But you can’t take anything away from the Ghana team.
“Although we’ve not had the best of preparations but we have wonderful and experienced technical people who know how to do things well when it comes to tournaments like this one. With the home support as well, Ghana, in my estimation, will come up tops,” he stated.The hosts, who are chasing their first continental title, will open their campaign against Algeria before facing Mali and Cameroon.
UCL Quarter-Final Draw: Tottenham To Face Man City As Man Utd Get Barcelona
Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United are the four English teams in the Champions League draw the other four teams are Spanish champions Barcelona, Dutch four-time winners Ajax, Italian champions Juventus and Portuguese champions Porto.
It is the first time since 2009 that four English sides are in the last eight of the Champions League.
The last English side to win the competition was Chelsea in 2012 although Liverpool made the final last season.
Tottenham have been drawn against Manchester City in an all-English Champions League quarter-final tie, while Manchester United will face Barcelona.
FIFA Bans Former Guatemalan FA President Salguero
Football governing body FIFA has banned Guatemalan Football Association former president Rafael Salguero from all football-related activities for seven years for bribery.
Salguero, a former member of the FIFA and the executive committee of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), has been found guilty of bribery in violation of FIFA code of ethics.
He was investigated for “various bribery schemes during the 2006 to 2014 period related to CONCACAF and FIFA competitions, as well as the illegal reselling of tickets for the FIFA World Cup.
Salguero is one of 16 high-ranking officials who have been indicted in the U.S. In connection with FIFA corruption scandals.
CAF President Finally Gets Visa To US After Initial Denials
Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Ahmad Ahmad has received his visa to enter the United States for this week’s FIFA council meetings after visa delays caused him to miss the opening session of the two-day meeting.
Ahmad says Africa “will definitely support” expanding to 48 teams the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The possible expansion discussions were on FIFA council’s agenda for its two-day meeting that ends today in Miami.
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