Coach Yusif Basigi, believes his Black Princesses will make themselves and Ghana proud at the Under-20 Women’s World Cup (WWC) despite the inadequate preparations towards the competition.
The Princesses, making their fifth appearance at the WWC, are hoping to go past the group stage for the first time and Coach Basigi insists that remains their mission in France, though things did not go according to plan.
After beating Cameroun to qualify and following the draw which put them in Group A alongside France, New Zealand and the Netherlanda, Coach Basigi expressed hope that good preparations will be key to their dream of going past the group stage.
However, they did not get that kind of preparation they had hoped for, and on Saturday, the Princesses will begin their campaign with their opening Group A game against hosts, France, and there is concern that the Ghanaians will not be able to realise their dream.
Their training programme was affected by the current impasse between government and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) over the expose from investigative journalist, Anas Amereyaw Anas whose documentary, Number 12 screened last June 6, which incriminated some top GFA officials and referees.
Three training tours of the Princesses of China, Singapore and Spain were all cancelled due to the impasse, which also saw the Princesses suspend their training for a while, before regrouping in this month to resume preparations.
While he is worried about the lack of international exposure for his players, Coach Basigi believes the players will draw inspiration from being able to make it to France at all to give of their best.
“We are grateful that we are able to participate in the tournament at all, as a point we were losing hope over our participation.
“We would have wished for better preparations than we have had, at least, three matches with top sides before we flew out to France, but due to circumstances, we were not able to have the best of preparations. but we still eye going past the group stage of the competition for the first time.
“The players selected have some experience and exposure from their Under-17 Women’s World Cup competition two years ago, and we will build on that,” Coach Basigi explained to the Graphic Sports.
After three weeks of training, Coach Basigi last Thursday, named his final 21 players for the competition, explaining that the players had been carefully selected for their hardwork as well as their experience and exposure in world football.