Ghana hope to sneak into playoffs

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By HENRY MORABANG
GHANA made their flight reservation for Dec 4 and saw no reason for them to miss out on the final of the Under-20 women’s soccer World Cup.
This was the statement by Black Princesses coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani after their last-minute equaliser by France in their Group C match last Wednesday.
Dramani said the 2-2 draw with France has left them with one point and at the foot of the table in Group C and there was faint hope of advancing to the knock-out stage of the world soccer tournament.
“It has not been easy for us, we play good football and at the end of the day we drop valuable points,’’ Dramani said.
“We just have to focus on winning our last game and see what happens in the other matches.’’
Ghana must beat leaders USA and pray New Zealand edge France. US head coach Michelle French said a win or a draw against Ghana would qualify her girls for the knockout stage of the tournament.
Better still, the USA would also advance with a 1-0 loss to Ghana no matter the result of the France-New Zealand game.
French will bank on her young brigades in Ashley Sanchez, Emily Fox and Mallory Pugh to lead the team.
All three are young, and will still be eligible for selection when the 2018 edition of the U20 women’s World Cup comes around.
Pugh in particular, who is also captain, has vast experience at the senior national team at the Olympic Games in Rio where she scored, will lead the girls. It should be an interesting match to watch.

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