- Yusif Basigi expressed concern with the very little time remaining till the World Cup
- Ghana kicks off against the host nation France in the first match of the tournament on August 5
The lack of food is the biggest reason why camping has not started for the under-20 women’s national team. This is according to their head coach, Yusif Basigi.
Basigi was speaking in an interview with Accra-based Asempa FM. He lamented the situation and expressed fears about what it would mean for their preparation for the World Cup in August. The Black Princesses are making their fifth straight appearance at the women’s under-20 World Cup.
Basigi pointed out that with very limited time remaining to the tournament, a solution must be found quickly. He remarked:
“We are waiting for green light before we can start camping but the truth is time is not on our side. Per our arrangement with the GFA, we were supposed to start camping about a month ago, unfortunately that has not been the case. The main reason why we are not in camp is because there is no food available for the girls to eat at the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence.”
He noted his disappointed with the GFA’s inability to secure catering services for camping. According to him, this was promised months ago.
The Black Princesses are playing as one of Africa’s two representatives at the tournament. The other country is Nigeria. Ghana has never made it out of the group stages and with preparations going the way they are, things might not change.
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The 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup will be the 9th edition of the tournament since its inception in 2002. It has been organized every two years since then.
Alongside host nation France, Ghana is in group A with Netherlands and New Zealand as well. The Princesses play the opening game against the French on August 5.
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