‘Princesses won’t defend in Dakar’

Sports News of Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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Ghana’s Black Princesses, the Under-20 female football team have a huge 6-0 lead against Senegal, but they still want more and have promised to fire from all angles when they meet again in Dakar on Friday.

Two weeks ago, the Princesses recorded the emphatic win in their 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup (WWC) qualifier in Accra, but Coach Masa-Ud Didi Dramani says, they will approach Friday’s return leg as if the competition had just started.

“The first leg is over and we are approaching the second leg. For us, we go into the game as if the qualifiers have just started.

“In Accra, the Senegalese tried to play defensive and we know they will open up in their bid to also score. But will be a good game plan for us as we intend to play an attacking-minded strategy in the second leg,” Coach Dramani told the Graphic Sports in an interview.

Coach Dramani said while he was excited about the depth of quality players available in the team, he was more concerned about qualifying for the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea than making stars of the young players.

“Of course, the young ladies are showing they’ve developed from their days in the Under-17 side. However, we don’t want to blow their horns yet. We are more concerned about qualifying and I’m happy they all understand that qualifying for Papua New Guinea is topmost on the agenda.”

Although the Princesses coach kept the composition of his team for Friday’s game close to his chest, he hinted there may not be many changes to the team that wallopped the Senegalese 6-0 with Jane Ayieyam, Sandra Owusu-Ansah, Princella Adubea and Fatima Alhassan all scoring.

A win for the Princesses in Darkar will see them play either Mali or Equatorial Guinea in the second round of the qualifiers.

Equatorial Guinea won the first leg 4-0 at home.