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Ghana's group coaches assess Women's U20 World Cup draw

17:08 EAT 10/03/2018
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Black Princesses gaffer Yusif Basigi and his three counterparts address being pitted against each other

Ghana coach Yusif Bisigi has described their group for this year's Women's Under-20 World Cup in France as "tight" and "tough".

On their fifth straight appearance at the championship, the Black Princesses will square off against the hosts, New Zealand and the Netherlands in Group A.

The Africans will kick off their campaign against the French at Stade de la Rabine, Vannes, on August 5, before facing the Netherlands and New Zealand on August 8 and 12 respectively.

“It’s an interesting group and judging by the teams who are in it – starting with France – it’s going to be tight," Basigi told

"We’ll be playing the French in our opening match. They’re the hosts and they’ll have the support of their fans. 

"It’s going to be a tough game and we’ll make sure we get our preparations right for it.”

Conversely, France coach Gilles Eyquem appears comfortable with the draw. 

“It looks like a kind draw for us, but we have to go out and prove on the pitch that we’re better than the rest and win matches to advance to the quarter-finals," he said.

"That’s our first objective."

But what does New Zealand coach make of the development? 

“There are no easy groups, but I’m delighted that we’re taking on the tournament hosts," coach Gareth Turnbull noted. 

"It’s going to be exciting.”

And for debutants the Netherlands, their job is very much cut out. 

“France are the group favourites and we’re going to have to fight it out with New Zealand and Ghana for second place," manager Tijn Kruize opined.

"It’s a first for us, a new experience. 

"First and foremost, we’ll be going there to enjoy it.”

France, Ghana and New Zealand were drawn together in the same group two years ago.