Germany welcomes Black Maidens

Steffi Jones, the President of the Organising Committee of the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011 , was on hand today to welcome the Ghana women's U-17 squad to the headquarters of the German Football Association (DFB). "I'm delighted that the Ghana team has come to visit us," said Jones. "Women's football in Africa has real potential and the enthusiasm there for our sport is almost boundless. I hope that we will be seeing some of these girls again here in 2011."

The Ghana U-17 women's team have been holding a training camp since last Sunday in Heusenstamm in the German region of Hessen, as part of their intensive preparations for the upcoming FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in New Zealand. This two-week camp is being financed by the German federal government's Foreign Office and features physical and technical training sessions as well as several friendly matches. One such outing saw the West African squad facing FC Schweinfurt 05's women's team last Wednesday. The youngsters ran out 8-0 winners before going on to repeat this success with a 5-0 victory the following day over a Hessen regional team. Next Wednesday will see a real test for the Ghana girls when they face FFC Frankfurt's second team.

It is a great experience for the whole squad. This is the first time that any of the girls has been outside Africa so it's a real eye-opener for them
Coach Augustus Abrahams reflects on the trip.

"We are delighted to be here in Germany," said Augustus Abrahams, chief coach of the Ghanaian team. ". I am very satisfied with the way the training camp has been going and with the whole trip in general. Qualifying for the World Cup was already an incredible achievement for our team. We're heading to New Zealand determined to continue the learning experience."

The team from Ghana will find themselves up against Germany in the group stages of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup, being held from 28 October to 16 November 2008 in New Zealand. Last Sunday, they took in the match between women's Bundesliga champions Frankfurt and VfL Wolfsburg to get an idea of the German style of play, and they will also be watching another top flight match next Sunday, when Eintracht Frankfurt take on Arminia Bielefeld.