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Talisman Evelyn Badu ruled out of Princesses U-20 World Cup opener

BY: Rosalind K. Amoh
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Even before Ghana's Under-20 female football team, the Black Princesses begin their campaign at the Women’s World Cup (WWC), they have been hit by the unfortunate news that their captain, Evelyn Badu is injured.

She sustained an ankle injury on Wednesday during the team's final preparation for the opening game against the USA on Thursday, August 11, 2022.

The medical team will conduct further tests, including a scan, to determine the extent of injury to the player tipped as one of the key players for the Princesses.

Badu, going for her first WWC, was instrumental in the Princesses' qualification and with high expectations having just been crowned Africa's best Young Player and Best Inter-Club Player for 2021.

If the attacking midfielder who plays for Norway's Avaldsnes IL, is ruled out due to this injury, that will deal the team a significant blow as they face a tough group stage campaign, scheduled to play the USA on August 11, Japan on August 14 and then the Netherlands on August 17.

With 20 players made up of 17 outfield players and three goalkeepers available to be selected, there is no doubt that Badu's absence, if it is confirmed, will affect the team.