World Cup can change our lives – Ghana U-17 female captain Mukarama Abdulai

The captain of Ghana’s U-17 female team, the Black Maidens, Mukarama Abdulai believes the Uruguay 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup can change the lives of herself and her teammates.

As the Black Maidens prepare for a showdown against hosts Uruguay, Mukarama has vowed to inspire her teammates in order to make this tournament a turning point in their careers.

She said as a captain of the team, she has to be mentally strong since that is the only way she can lead the team to the promise land.

“I believe in myself and my team-mates and I hope I can inspire them to excel. The World Cup can change our lives and open up doors for us in terms of our careers. We have to rise to the challenges we face and keep going till the end”, the young female striker told

Mukarama Abdulai who had a big hand in the Black Maidens’ qualification for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, scoring 12 goals in the African preliminaries, said “I don’t know what lies ahead of me but I believe in my ability to overcome the hurdles put in my way. I have the responsibility of being mentally stronger than all my team-mates and it’s a job that suits me down to the ground”.

The young and talented striker who hopes to turn professional one day, says their head coach has spent a long time preparing them for the tournament opener against Uruguay and other subsequent games in the competition and that there will be no room for mistakes.

“We have to be totally focused so that we don’t get knocked off our stride”, she noted.

The Ghana Black Maidens are in Group A alongside hosts Uruguay, New Zealand and Finland.
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