Ghana's Under-20 female football team, Black Princesses have set their sight on winning the first leg of the final qualifying round despite playing a tricky away game to Cameroun.
The Princesses will be the guests of the Camerounians in Yaounde on Sunday in the first of a two-leg final tie, the winner of which would qualify for the Women's World Cup in France in August.
Anticipated to be a very tough game, given the growing rivalry between the two countries, Coach Yusif Basigi remains hopeful that his side will prevail as they have prepared well for the task ahead.
He told the Graphic Sports yesterday that the ladies were very much aware of the task ahead and were not taking chances at all.
"Since beating Kenya to advance to the final round, we have had to step up our game and the friendly against South Africa two weeks ago really helped us to assess our strengths and weaknesses. Now we have worked on getting better with our strengths and correcting our mistakes too,” he said.
"Given that Cameroun would also want to qualify for the Women’s World Cup, and with the home advantage, they no doubt will come hard and tough at us. But we will face them with a game plan by attacking and also keeping a tight defence,” coach Basigi stated.
The Princesses coach added that his side’s aim was to take care of business but would not disrespect the host team.
“We are very much aware of what their big sisters did to the Black Queens in a 2016 Olympic qualifier, so we will not target a draw in Yaounde. We will aim for a win; our worst result in this first leg should be a draw. We intend to take care of business in the first leg on Sunday so that there will be no pressure on us during the second leg which we will host," Coach Basigi assured the Graphic Sports.
The Princesses have recorded a high scoring rate throughout the campaign, with Princella Adubea leading the scorers’ chart in the African qualifying campaign, and her coach expects the Ampem Darkoa striker to continue from where she left off in the game against Kenya where she scored four goals to take her tally to eight goals.