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Basigi blames missed chances & injuries for Ghana's exit from Women's World Cup

11:12 IST 09/08/2018
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The Black Princesses coach explains their below par performance at the ongoing Fifa U20 Women's World Cup in France

Ghana coach Yussif Basigi has blamed his team’s poor showing at the ongoing Fifa U20 Women's World Cup on poor finishing and injuries to key players.

The Black Princesses became the first side to be eliminated from the tournament on Tuesday following a 4-0 defeat to Netherlands in their second game of Group A, leaving them at the foot of the log with zero point from two games.

"In fact, in the first 15 minutes of the game against Netherlands, we had all the chances to punish them but unfortunately we couldn't utilize the chances just like in the game against France," Basigi said.

"As a result of the missed chances, they lifted up their game and turned the heat on us. I knew that the Netherlands rely on their wings and the players were much aware of how they play but unfortunately, our left and right-backs could not stop them from attacking us and we saw that all the goals they scored apart from the fourth one were from flanks.

"We can see that the potency upfront was lacking. If Princella Adubea [who scored 10 goals in the qualifiers] was in the squad, the game plan would've been different because she is actually a potent striker," he said.

"But unfortunately, she is not here and we could feel the effect of her absence very much that those left behind couldn't show the kind of qualities he possesses."

Ghana will play New Zealand in the last group game on Saturday and the latter need a win to stand a chance of progressing to the knockout stage.