The Women’s National Team pulled an interesting comeback as they turned a 2-0 defeat to a 2-2 deserved draw, in the friendly match that was held on Thursday in Zenica, in the wrap up of the the Europe Training Camp.
The Training Camp was held in preparation for the upcoming AFC Women’s Asian Cup that Jordan hosts next April, which also serves as the qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
The Europe Camp aimed to help the players get used to international matches against strong physically and technically prepared teams, providing the coaching staff lead by head coach Michael Dickey with the points of weakness that the team needs to work on, in addition to the strengths that should be developed, in order to reach peak form ahead of the Asian Cup and World Cup qualifiers.
The Bosnians scored a goal early in the match, then doubled their lead reaching halftime with a 2-0 advantage.
However, in the second half, the Jordanian ladies managed to pull one goal back through striker Maysa Jabarah.
The goal inspired the players and motivated them, while following the plan that was set by Dickey who made changes in the tactics and approach, as the team smoothly transitioned from defense to attack, pressing the opponent to force them to make mistakes and lose possession, while the National Team improved in passing and switching play.
The group’s effort finally paid up when May Sweilem struck the ball into the net from inside the penalty box, after receiving an assist on a golden plate from Jbarah. Final score: Bosnia 2, Jordan 2.
Dickey hails the players & highlights the benefits of Europe’s Training Camp
Head coach Michael Dickey was full of praise for the team, staff, and hosts after the game. Describing it as an “eye opening” experience for both the player and staff.
Dickey said: “I want to thank the players and staff for all the efforts that they have put in during this camp. Since we started our preparations with the team, we have made a lot of progress. The ladies were really professional in training and during matches. They made great recovery, they followed the plan, and each player got the chance to make a case of how good of a player they are.”
Speaking about the team performance in the closing match against Bosnia, he added:
“I’m very proud of the team! They represented Jordan really well on and off the pitch.
I was very happy we got back in the game after we were 2 goals down, and then at the end we had good concentration, where the opponent had very dangerous attacks but we were able to remain focused and stop all their chances, while creating our own as well.
Our substitutions were game changers, I’m very happy that they had an influence that turned the game to our favor.”
Dickey also said: “I want to thank Bosnia for their wonderful hosting, the facilities and pitches are top notch and our camp was a very successful one.”
“Each player got the chance to make a case of how good of a player they are! Our camp was an eye opening experience to the players about the physicality of the game in Europe. So now they know well that we need to keep on working on enhancing our fitness, agility and balance.”
Dickey concluded: “We are now playing an attractive, aggressive and organized style of football. We are becoming a team that’s dangerous in attacking, and we fight and keep our opponents out of our goal. We are looking forward to our upcoming preparations because this is only the beginning.”