Ghana begins their quest for a place at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup France 2018 against Algeria in the first leg clash of the First Round on Friday away in Algiers.
Scheduled for the Omar Hamadi Stadium in the Algerian capital, the game marks Ghana’s journey for a fifth straight appearance at the global championship after appearances in 2010 in Germany, 2012 in Japan, 2014 in Canada and the last edition held in Papua New Guinea last year.
The Ghanaian Princesses had more than a month’s camping at the Technical Centre of the Ghana Football Association in Prampram, on the outskirts of the Ghanaian capital, Accra, under the technical guidance of Head Coach Yusif Basigi, previously at the helm of the senior women’s national team.
Speaking to CAFOnline.com ahead of the team’s departure for Algiers, Basigi remains optimistic of his team’s chances despite having little knowledge of their hosts.
“I believe in this team, they have huge potential and are in no mood to watch their dreams of making it to the World Cup end at the hands of the Algerians,” Basigi stated.
Meanwhile, Algeria coach Azzedine Chih, who doubles as Technical Manager of all women’s national teams admits Ghana are favourites, but has ruled out his team masterminding an upset against the highly-rated West Africans.
“In all aspects; physical, technical and tactical, Ghana are the favourites. They (Ghana) are used to playing at this level, whilst it will be the first for our girls. The match will provide our players to discover African football and also rub shoulders with experienced teams.
“However, playing against Ghana does not create any complex, either for the technical team or the players,” Chih was quoted by the Algeria Football Federation website.
Ghana hosts the return leg in a fortnight with the winner facing either Ethiopia or Kenya at the penultimate round.
Two teams will emerge from the African qualifiers to represent the continent at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup scheduled for 7-26 August 2018 in France.
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