Jordan too strong for Afghanistan in Amman friendly
Amman: Five individual goal scorers powered AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018 hosts Jordan to a 5-0 victory in the first of two friendly matches against Afghanistan at Petra Stadium.
JORDAN 5 (Jebreen 6’, Al-Khousheh 17’, Jbarah 40’, Sweilem 73’, Al-Barghouthy 90+1’)
Looking for a return to winning ways following consecutive friendly defeats on their recent tour of Japan, the reigning West Asian champions flew out of the blocks, with Shahnaz Jebreen scoring the opening goal within six minutes.
Forward Hannah Al-Kousheh, 21, doubled the lead 11 minutes later, before prolific striker Maysa Jbarah made it 3-0 just before half time.
Afghanistan – coached by American Kelly Lindsey – managed to temporarily stem the flow of goals in until Mai Sweilem added a fourth goal in the 73rd minute, before substitute Tala Al-Barghouthy capped her international debut with a goal in stoppage time.
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Nashmiyat head coach Michael Dickey said he was pleased with his team’s performance.
“It was an exciting game to watch! I was happy with our performance, and Afghanistan have a really good goalkeeper,” he said.
“The highlight was that Tala scored a goal on her first appearance with the team, she is definitely a great talent with plenty of potential, she is a future star for Jordan.”
The teams will meet again on Monday, before Dickey’s squad travels to Spain for a training camp which will feature three matches against clubs from the top-flight Primera Division Femenina from February 12.
Jordan’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup campaign begins against the Philippines at Amman International Stadium on April 6.
Photo: Jordan Football Association