Ghana’s senior female national football team, the Black Queens will make an attempt at what many believes is the unthinkable when they line up against the female national team of Germany in an international friendly match today in Germany.
For the realist, it is a mismatch considering the strength and achievement of the Germans who are known as ‘Die Nationalelf’ (The National Eleven) but the Queens remain confident ahead of the game, eyeing a shocker that could stun the whole world.
The Queens would be guided by Yusif Basigi who has been modest in his expectations, predicting a result in favour of the Germans but not ruling out an upset by the Ghanaians.
Of course, fans have every reason to sound pessimistic about the outcome of the game knowing the caliber of team they would be playing.
The Germans are one of the most successful teams in world football, boasting of two world championships, (2003 and 2007) and eight of the 11 UEFA European Championships, claiming the last six consecutive titles.
‘Die Nationalelf’ has won three bronze medals at the women’s Olympic football tournament, finishing third in 2000, 2004 and 2008.
Under Silvia Neid, the team has grown from strength to strength and is currently ranked second in the world with the Black Queens coming nowhere near that ranking.
Despite its friendly nature, both sides would not compromise on quality but prepare to field their best to test their strengths as they fix their eyes on respective upcoming games.
Paired in the same group with Zimbabwe at the women’s football competition at the Olympic Games in Rio, the clash would offer the Germans a fair idea of what to expect from their African counterparts just as Ghana hopes to use the tie to prepare for the impending African championships.
From Doris Fitschen, current coach of the side, the choice of Ghana is to test their strength against the Ghanaians but was certain of victory.
But having conceded their underdog status, Basigi and his charges will play under little pressure and hope they stun the Germans to kick-start their campaign for the women’s African championship.