3 Things we learned as Les Bleuttes pummels the Black Princesses Featured
06 Aug

3 Things we learned as Les Bleuttes pummels the Black Princesses

The Black Princesses of Ghana got off to a losing start at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup after a 4-1 loss to France in Group A. Emelyne Laurent’s first half brace and Helene Fercoq’s goal shot the hosts into a commanding first half lead.
Sandra Owusu- Ansah pulled one back in the second half to bring the Black Princesses to within two goals but Les Bleuttes further extended their lead when substitute Sandy Baltimore put the icing on the cake in the very last minute of the second-half stoppage time when she tapped in from close range after a Marie- Antoinette Katoto free-kick was initially saved by Ghana goalkeeper Martha Annan.
Below are four things we learned from the clash in Vannes.
No Adubea No Party
Yusif Basigi knows he has one of, if not the best player on the continent. 
When one player is out, another of similar quality slots in, a scenario that’s not afforded to most teams. However in order to get results especially at this stage, you need your big names playing, and Princella Adubea is just about the biggest of them all.
The Ampem Darkoaa forward was injured during her side’s domestic league game couple of weeks ago thus missing the World Cup. 
Her absence really affected the Black Princesses as they struggled to penetrate the solid France defence albeit a spirited second-half performance. The attacking impetus of the Africans was reduced in her absence and would thus surely need a fit Sandra Owusu-Ansah to champion their cause in this competition.
Toothless Princesses set for another group stage exit
In general the Black Princesses were OK until they got into the final third. There were plenty of huffing and puffing from Basigi’s women but very little in the way of cutting edge in the box. 
One or two chances went begging in the first half but they couldn’t make good use of them. Forward Sandra Owusu- Ansah tried in vain to make an impact on the game, but she had very little service.
Not the sort of forward to create something out of nothing. The Princesses need to find a way to get more crosses in the box if Owusu-Ansah is to make a success of this campaign. The Ghanaians are yet to advance from the group stage since making a debut World Cup appearance in 2010.
Asantewaa the brightest Princess on the day
Calm, assured and a leader. Three words you wouldn’t normally find yourself writing about Grace Asantewaa, but yesterday she was all three and more.
The talent has always been there for her but so often in big games it has been her mind which let her down. Not yesterday though as she put in one of the best displays of her career in the Princesses loss to the hosts. 
Classy on the ball and a terrier in defence, the crowd rose to a stunning display from the young princess in the middle of the park. 
She provided a remainder that she is a real weapon in Basigi’s armoury when she played in Sandra Owusu- Ansah, who then rounded goalkeeper Mylene Chavas to score the African’s only goal on the day.
By: Godfred Budu Yeboah
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