Jordan’s U17 ladies edged out by Venezuela in pre-World Cup friendly
Jordan U17 Women’s National Team lost 1-0 to South America’s champions Venezuela in the pre-U17 Women’s World Cup friendly that was held on Monday, September 19, at the Petra Stadium in Amman.
The Jordanian ladies await their historic first appearance as host country of the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup which will be hosted in Jordan from 30 September - 21 October when they play their opening match against Spain on September 30th at the Amman International Stadium.
Jordan Football Association President HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein met the girls after the end of the match and applauded their performance and saluted them for their efforts throughout the game, and assured them that they are capable of achieving good results and wished them the best of luck in the upcoming friendly against Brazil.
Venezuela’s goal came in the 30th minute with a header from Yerilianne Moreno that hit the post and bounced back adjacent to the goal line with the assistant referee pointing that it crossed the line after defender Alanoud Ghazi cleared the ball off the line.
Jeeda Alnaber came close to tie the score only three minutes later but her accurate powerful freekick hit the crossbar and deflected out of bounds. The South American champions kept on pressing in forward but the Jordanian defense stood firm in front of all their remaining attacks.
In the second half, the Jordanian ladies moved upfront and started to threaten the Venezuelans on a number of occasions with Sarah Abu Sabbah’s smart movement in the attack that came close to pay off when Abu Sabbah was left one-on-one against the Venezuelan goalkeeper but a defender managed to stop her right before she was going to hit the ball into the back of the net.
Head coach Robbie Johnson made three substitutions to enhance the attack and it forced Venezuela to move back to their third and defend more and rely on counter attacks to threaten the Jordanians. Both opponents kept on searching for another goal in the remainder of the game only for the final whistle to end the game with a 1-0 win for the visitors.
Johnson expressed his satisfaction with the performance of the team as individuals and as a team:
"The issue for us was the improvement in the team spirit and performance, I thought our performance was very good today.”
Johnson concluded: “We have lost 1-0 to Venezuela and nobody should be happy with a defeat. Unfortunately, the goal was given after the referee said that the ball went over the line so thats the way it is, and we’ll have to accept it and move on to our next game against Brazil next Thursday.”
On his part, Venezuela’s head coach Kenneth Zseremeta praised the Jordanian team and specially the goalkeeper for her brave performance and wished Jordan the best of luck in their historic journey at the U17 Women’s World Cup.
The National Team will face Brazil on Thursday, September 22, in the final re-World Cup preparation friendly before taking on Spain in the opening match of the U17 Women’s World Cup.
Rand Albustanji - Farah Alzaben, Luna Sahloul (C), Alanoud Ghazi, Noor Zoqash, Jeeda Alnaber, Tasneem Abu Rob, Rouzbahan Fraij (Yasmeen Zabian), Noor Abu Kiskh, Jana Abu Ghosh (Joel Srouji), Sarah Abu Sabbah (Leen Albtoush)