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Soccer News of Sunday, 26 January 2014

Source: ghanafa.org

Princesses seek home comfort to reach World Cup

Reaching the World Cup is high on the agenda for Ghana's Black Princesses who have everything to play for to qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Though trailing from a 1-0 first leg defeat to Equatorial Guinea, Ghana have a realistic chance of reaching their third-straight world finals at this level.

The Black Princesses are now chasing the tie as they welcome their opponents to the Accra Sports Stadium for Sunday's decisive qualifier.

And playing in front of their fans will remain crucial as the Ghana Football Association approves a free entry to the grounds for fans to rally the Black Princesses on to victory and qualification.

However, for Head Coach Bashir Hayford, a renewed focus can propel his side to Canada for the World Cup.

“We could have won the [first leg] game easily but what was missing was the lack of maturity on the part of the girls,” Hayford said.

“I think we should leave the defeat behind us and focus on the return leg to ensure qualification to the World Cup.”

The aggregate winner over both legs will qualify for the tournament to be hosted by Canada in August of this year.

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