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Black Princesses: Coach Yusif Basigi speaks on preparations and target for Fifa U20 World Cup

The anticipation is building as the Ghana Black Princesses gear up for the 2024 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Colombia.

Drawn into a challenging Group E alongside former champions Japan, New Zealand, and Austria, the team faces a formidable task.

Despite this being their seventh appearance at the tournament, the Princesses have yet to advance beyond the group stage—a streak they are determined to break this year.

In an exclusive interview with Footyghana, Head Coach Yusif Basigi expressed confidence in his squad’s potential to rewrite history.

“We have a target. Our first target is to ensure that we go past the group stage because this has been the headache for the Princesses.

“They’ve never gone beyond the group stage and this time around we want to do that and even go further,” he stated emphatically.

Coach Basigi highlighted the team’s robust preparation, noting the mix of talent within the squad.

“I have quite a number of players that I have confidence in. About five foreign-based players and then the rest are home-based players who are equally very good and are determined.”

He pointed to the team’s impressive performance in recent friendlies as a source of optimism.

“When we went to play PSG Ladies U19, there was no foreign player and we drew 0-0. Looking at the performance of the home-based players, if we had some of the foreign players, we could have beaten them. That has given me a lot of hope.”

Basigi continued: “From there, we played at the African Games with Maafia Nyame as the only foreign player, and we saw how they performed. We will have a solid team when we get everyone on board.”

The FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup will commence on August 31 and run through September 22, 2024.

As the Princesses prepare to take the global stage, the hopes of a nation rest on their shoulders, with aspirations of surpassing their historical group stage exits and making a deep run in the tournament.

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