Princesses poised for Ethiopia task

An action scene in the Black Princesses-Equatorial Guinea game on Sunday

An action scene in the Black Princesses-Equatorial Guinea game on Sunday

Ghana’s female U-20 side, the Black Princesses are poised to scale the next hurdle to secure one of Africa’s tickets to the next FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (WWC) slated for Papua New Guinea.

The Princesses are billed to face Ethiopia in the next round of qualifiers after edging out Equatorial Guinea 3-0 on aggregate over two legs.

Nigeria and South Africa will also lock horns with each other in the other third round encounter which will be played between the weekends of October 23–25, 2015 and November 6–8, 2015.

The Princesses after defeating the Equatorial Guineans 1-0 at their own backyard crowned that effort with another encouraging 2-0 win at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Sunday.

Lily Niber-Lawrence and Veronica Appiah put the team up in the second half after the Equatorial Guineans had succeeded in frustrating them with a compact midfield play that put the Ghanaians in danger anytime they attacked.

But Sunday’s win appears to have boosted the confidence of head coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani and his girls who indicated after the game their readiness to overcome the Ethiopians in the third round encounter.

Dramani told the media after the game that the qualifiers get keener and keener at each stage and expects a tougher challenge from the Ethiopians.

He said the game of football has improved across the continent and has become more difficult playing countries that were previously regarded as minnows.

That notwithstanding, Coach Dramani expressed his girls’ desire to scale every obstacle they confront ahead of the FIFA showpiece.

Winners from this stage of the qualifiers will qualify as representatives of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

By Andrew Nortey

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