- Ghana taking part in for delight not factors towards New Zealand
- Sandra Owusu-Ansah decided to see Black Princesses exit on a excessive
- “We’ve to depart France with a optimistic outcome”
With 5 wins, a draw, 24 targets scored and solely two conceded, Ghana boasted one of the best report of the African qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 Girls’s World Cup France 2018.
Enjoying a distinguished half in these stats was the strike duo fashioned by Princella Adubea and Sandra Owusu-Ansah, with Adubea serving to herself to 10 targets to finish the competitors as joint-leading scorer. So spectacular was their qualification marketing campaign, that the Black Princesses have been some folks’s outdoors wager to win France 2018.
But earlier than they arrived they misplaced Adubea to harm, an absence felt by the entire group “It’s actually damage us,” mentioned Owusu-Ansah, in dialog with FIFA.com. “We actually hyperlink up effectively collectively and we are able to discover one another with our eyes closed. It’s quite a bit more durable with out her round and her absence has affected me, and the remainder of the group for that matter.”
Having misplaced each their video games up to now at France 2018, transport eight targets within the course of, Ghana have been shadows of their former selves, and their possibilities of glory are already over.
Although the Ghanaians have had little trigger for satisfaction, Owusu-Ansah’s well-taken purpose within the opening match towards France and her angle on and off the pitch present some grounds for optimism.
And talking of nice targets…
“It’s onerous for me to elucidate what’s occurred. We had the weapons and the willpower to do significantly better, however there’s no method I’m going to allow us to quit,” mentioned the ahead with head held excessive. “We’ve nonetheless acquired one recreation to play and the possibility to salvage our delight and present folks what we’re able to.”
Ghana’s brightest performer within the assembly with Les Bleuettes, Owusu-Ansah was handed the captain’s armband for his or her subsequent outing, towards the Netherlands. Although she failed to attain on that event, she did all she might to assist her aspect take one thing from a match the Oranje rapidly took management of.
“I’ve had a heart-to-heart with my team-mates,” she defined. “I’ve tried to search out the phrases to maintain them motivated. I informed them that we completely must put these two defeats behind us and return into battle immediately.”
The Black Princesses could have the possibility to revive their honour on Sunday towards New Zealand, and Owusu-Ansah for one won’t be holding something again: “These two defeats have been a blow to our delight, and we simply have to depart France with a optimistic outcome.”