The Colombia women’s under-17 team’s warm-up in preparation for the World Cup in India began last Wednesday with the Carlos Paniagua-led side’s debut in the Women’s Revelations Cup, a tournament-friendly home run. These days it is played in the city of León, Mexico.
In the said tournament, which included the participation of the hosts, Chile and Canada, the Nationals faced the latter. Without Linda Cassado, called for a friendly against Costa Rica scheduled for 3 and 6 September in Cali, the national team made a good presentation against the Canadian team, solid in all their lines and with a strong offensive vocation. Canada was no less and put goalkeeper Luisa Agudello to the test on more than one occasion, but she responded to the challenge with solvency.
The match was decided at the last minute. A center product of a shot went to Stefania Perlaza, who, with a header, decided the victory for the tricolor team.
Colombia’s next matches will be against Chile on Saturday, 2 September, ending their partnership with Mexico on Tuesday, 6 September.
It should be recalled that six of the players called up for the Women’s Revelation Cup were already under Panagua’s command at the Under-20 World Cup held in Costa Rica during August and in which Colombia reached the quarter-finals where Brazil had terminated. These are Ana María Guzmán, Stefania Perlaza, Marie José Alvarez, Juana Ortegon, Gabriela Rodriguez and Carla Torres.
After FIFA sanctioned the Football Federation of India (AIF) for third party interference in the election of the unit’s president, there was uncertainty about the country that would accept the event, and also on the receipt of the event. The question was raised. For less time available to coordinate relocation.
Finally, on Friday, 26 August, FIFA confirmed the cancellation of the ban against the AIF via a statement via its website:
“The FIFA Council Bureau has decided to lift the suspension imposed on the All India Football Federation (AIFF) due to undue influence of third parties. The decision was taken after FIFA received confirmation that the mandate of the Committee of Administrators that had been set up to assume the powers of the AIFF Executive Committee had expired and that the AIFF administration had gained full control over matters. FIFA and the AFC will continue to monitor the situation and support the AIFF in holding its elections on time. Consequently, the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022, which will take place from 11 to 30 October 2022, will take place in India as planned.”
The team was placed in Group C with teams from Spain, Mexico and China. The Paniagua-led team will debut against the Spanish team on October 12.
Colombia’s Women’s Under-17 World Cup will also have a referee in attendance, following the shortlist that judged the entire competition last Tuesday. Center back Maria Victoria Daza and assistant Natalie Arteaga are two of the 61 referees named by FIFA.