You are here: HomeSports2018 08 08Article 675142

Sports News of Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Source: The Finder

Princesses vow to beat Netherlands today

The Black Princesses of Ghana know that they have to improve on their performances if they are to progress to the next stage of the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France.

After an opening day 4-1 thrashing at the hands of host France, the Princesses are aware that they must avoid defeat at all cost when they play the Netherlands in the second round of games in Group A later today.

Ghana Coach Yussif Basigi admits his side lost concentration in the early minutes of the France game and could not recover well but says the team will learn from the mistakes and improve in the subsequent games.

"We didn't start well, and you can see from the way we conceded early," he said in a post -match interview. "You realize that in the second half we came back strongly and we were able to redeem one goal but unfortunately getting to the end of the game we lost a little bit of concentration and we conceded another goal."

"You know we didn't play any friendly before coming so I knew we were going to face a little difficulty and this is a sign, we started very slowly and it didn't help us at all."

Meanwhile, Coach Yussif Basigi has been criticized for playing the players in unfamiliar positions on the pitch. However, the former Black Queens Coach explains most of his players were not fit enough for the opener and had to improvise.

"Those who were supposed to play in those positions, some were on injuries and normally we have utility players who can also play in that positions. Football is a contact sport, there were knocks here and there, i wouldn't say they are injuries that will rule the players out looking at the nature of knocks they had at our last sessions. The Doctors are working on them in order to put them in shape and hopefully they will be ready for the next game.

But the coach remains optimistic that they can put on a show against the Netherlands today, Wednesday, August 8.

Send your news stories to and features to . Chat with us via WhatsApp on +233 55 2699 625.

Join our Newsletter