Ghana women’s coach speaks on 8-0 France massacre

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Mas-Ud Didi Dramani reflects on their heavy fall to Les Bleues in Monday’s exhibition

Ghana women’s coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani has described their performance as “good” despite an 8-0 mauling at the hands of France in an international friendly on Monday.

Captain Amandine Henry, Viviane Asseyi and Eugenie Le Sommer each registered a double at Stade Auguste-Delaune II, Reims, while Ouleymata Sarr, and Valerie Gauvin all getting on the score sheet.

“From my point of view, our performance was good,” Draman said.

“I think in football these kinds of things are likely to happen when you build a new team.

“When you play an experienced team you must respect the forces of the opponent.

“We had our goals, not thinking about the scoreline but thinking about how we wanted to play, [having in mind] what the team went through.”

It was a preparatory game for Ghana and France as they prepare to host the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations and the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup respectively.

“This team was just gathered two weeks ago, and we have professional players who joined just two days ago,” Dramani added.

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“The goal was just to get them to play together, to give them the game philosophy, to try to have a positive and useful possession of the ball, to mix the old with the very young players who have gone through the youth teams.

“And so we knew the expectations [there was] to play a very good side, who have played many matches.”

Ghana’s preceding fixture with a European side ended in an 11-0 annihilation at the hands of Germany in 2016.

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