After months of training, matches and preparations, the 16 teams that will take part in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2014 have already faced one of their most difficult challenges: choosing their final 21 players to participate at the tournament from 15 March to 4 April.
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Particularly close attention should be paid to Ghana in Central America, as the Africans have selected eight members of the squad that finished third at the previous tournament edition in Azerbaijan two years ago. Naomi Anima, Jane Ayieyam, Vida Opoku, Gladys Amfobea, Samira Abdul-Rahman, Belinda Anane, Laadi Issaka and Azume Adams will form the backbone of a side looking to go even further this time around. Incidentally, Ghana will also have the youngest player at the competition, having included Fuseina Mumuni, who will only turn 13 on 2 April.
New Zealand, Japan and Germany will also be taking along players who featured at Azerbaijan 2012.
Costa Rica captain Gloriana Villalobos is the one to watch from the host nation, while Spain arrive with a strong line-up, keeping faith with the same group of players that reached the European Championship final last year. Spain coach Jorge Vilda has also named Sandra Hernandez in his squad as a reward for the youngster’s effort and sacrifice after over a year on the sidelines recovering from a serious knee injury.
The 336 players seeking glory in Costa Rica are raring to go and FIFA.com will keep you up to date on the progress of tomorrow’s stars with all the latest news and information from the tournament.