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FIFA U17 WWC: Free scoring Mukarama Abdulai grabs 17th goal for Maidens with New Zealand brace

A stupendous performance from in-form Black Maidens striker Mukarama Abdulai saw her hit a brace against New Zealand in the U17 FIFA Women’s World Cup to take her goal tally for the Black Maidens to 17.

The on-fire striker has so far scored 6 goals in the tournament, staging a strong claim for the golden boot award as she promises to score more.

The Tamale-born starlet scored 11 goals in the qualifiers in the build up to the World Cup and has relentlessly demonstrated her goal scoring prowess with her superb goals so far.

The goal poacher grabbed 5 goals against Gambia in the qualifiers – scoring a goal in Ghana and 4 in Gambia, and followed it up with 6 over Djibouti where he bagged a brace in Ghana and 4 over in Djibouti.

The in-form striker grabbed two second-half goals over New Zealand to give Ghana a flawless campaign so far as she also stage a string claim for the goal queen award.

Ghana captain and current golden boot leader Abdulai opened the scoring in the 61st minute when she ran on to a long ball lofted over the New Zealand backline before controlling the ball after the bounce and directing her shot past Leat into the bottom corner of the net.

Abdulai doubled Ghana’s lead just a minute before the full-time whistle was blown with a driven shot into the near top corner past Leat, to bring her tournament tally to six goals in three matches.

The stupendous striker had already grabbed a hat trick in Ghana’s opening game over hosts Uruguay with one against Finland before grabbing the brace over New Zealand on Tuesday night.

Ghana will face Mexico in the quarter-finals on Sunday 25 November in Montevideo. The Black Maidens have qualified for the last eight for the fourth consecutive time at a U-17 Women’s World Cup.

Ghana’s best performance in the history of the tournament came in 2012 when they finished in third place.

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