Basigi blames poor preparations for France defeat in World Cup

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The Black Princesses coach says lack of adequate preparations amounted to their opening day defeat to the hosts

Ghana coach Yussif Basigi insists poor preparations ahead of the 2018 Fifa U-20 Women's World Cup led to the 4-1 defeat to France in the opening game on Sunday.

The Black Princesses couldn't play high profile friendly games and their training tour to Spain was also cancelled by government due to financial difficulties.

They struggled to put passes together against the hosts and were behind after only six minutes following Emelyne Laurent's opener before Helene Fercocq and Sandy Baltimore added the other goals, while Sandra Owusu Ansah gave them consolation.

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"We didn't start well and you can see from the way we conceded very early in the game," Basigi said. 

"You realized that in the second half we came back strongly and we were able to redeem one goal but unfortunately getting to the end of the game we lost a little bit of concentration and we conceded another goal.

"You know we didn't play any friendly before coming so I knew we were going to face a little difficulty and this is a sign, we started very slowly and it didn't help us at all."

Basigi also explained why several players were played out of position.

"Those who were supposed to play in those positions were injured and normally we have utility players who can also play in those positions so I fixed them there," he said.

"Football is a contact sport. There were knocks here and there. The doctors are working on them in order to put them in shape and hopefully they will be ready for the next game."

The Black Princesses will face Netherlands on Wednesday before locking horns with New Zealand in the last group game.