Black Princesses top striker, Princella Adubea, will miss the 2018 Under-20 Women’s World Cup after undergoing surgery two weeks ago. She has been omitted from Yusif Basigi’s 23-member provisional list for the competition.
Adubea, who plays Ampem Darkoa Ladies, the Techiman-based National Women’s League champions, has been troubled by a nagging knee injury which doctors say requires surgery after an exhaustive screening exercise. The physicians initially hoped the they could put off the surgery till after next month’s world Cup.
However, after their assessment the surgeons advised that Princella went under the knife immediately at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital to save her career.
And with at least a three-month recovery time required, the player will thus miss the World Cup in France next month.
Her absence will be a big blow to the team as she was joint top scorer with Nigeria’s Rasheedat Ajibade (on 10 goals) in the qualifying competition and was tipped to continue with her exploits in France tournament.
While disappointed he will miss her leading striker at the World Cup, Coach Basigi believes Princella’s future was more important and was thus happy the surgery had been done to correct the injury.
“Adubea’s absence from the team is very unfortunate and will miss her. She scored 10 of the total goals we scored to qualify so there is no doubt about her quality. Unfortunately, injuries are inevitable risks in football for which she has been a victim. My relief is that the surgery has been done and we all hope that she recovers well and pick up from where she left off.,” Coach Basigi told the Graphic Sports.
“We will go to France to do well and make sure that her efforts were not in vain. We have gone to visit her and all the girls have promised to make her proud in France.
“I have selected someone who can work as hard as she did, but of course, there is only one Adubea.”
Princella is not the only key member who played in the qualifiers but who will miss the tournament itself. Gladys Amfobea, the general captain of the team; Adizatu Mustapha and Naomi Anima have all been left out due to various types of injuries and are all awaiting surgery to correct torn anterior cruciate ligaments.