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09 Aug

4 things we learned in the Princesses’ heavy loss to the Netherlands

Three goals in 11 minutes did the trick for the Oranje as they thrashed the Black Princesses of Ghana to record their successive victory in the competition in their maiden appearance. 
 
Aniek Nouwen’s downward header at the back post got the debutants rolling back of their slender win over New Zealand. Striker Fenna Kalma scored a brace minutes after to put the game beyond the Africans before Victoria Pelova stroked home to add some gloss to their victory.
 
Below are four things we learned in the game.
 
It didn’t take long for intensity to drop for Basigi’s charges
 
Ghana started the game with great gusto, exerting their authority on their opponents, popping the ball around at speed and making the Oranjes do plenty running but failed to score to put the game beyond the Europeans during their best moments of the game with their attacking play fizzling out later in the game and got punished in a dramatic fashion later in the game. 
 
With Portugal as their next opponent, with two successive defeats, the Princesses are all but out after France drew 0-0 with New Zealand.
 
It is only a matter of time until Basigi exit the dugout
 
Not only were the tactics wrong, but as has been the case since their game against the French. Basigi looked bereft of any inspiration. 
 
The players, as talented as they are, aren’t responding to his ideas, and it must have been a tough watch for many Ghanaians to watch their team play so bad. 
 
Speculation that there will be a managerial change will only increase, and it is becoming harder by the day to make a case for Basigi. 
 
Would it be too late? Well, the table would suggest not. A new manager would, at the very least, spark something that could get the team back to winning ways.
 
Malaise around the Princesses still hasn’t cleared
 
The Black Princesses have failed to make a meaningful impact since ‘their’ first appearance in 2010.In their previous four appearances at World Cup, the Black Princesses failed to advance from the group stage.
 
Ahead of this championship, the expectation was very high that the Princesses were going to break that jinx albeit a difficult group. With defeats to France and the Netherlands, the Princesses have flattered to deceive because they failed again. 
 
No one really knows what has been the successive teams bane given the rich vein of talent they’ve always assembled. It is a worrying trend and we can only dream of Ghana winning the coveted World Cup trophy at least for now.
 
Princesses in must-win encounter against New Zealand
 
With their poor showing this campaign, culminating in two defeats, the Black Princesses can only bring smiles to the faces of Ghanaians with a victory in their next game against New Zealand. 
 
To achieve this, Yusif Basigi’s charges must surely play above themselves. It looks herculean considering how good their next opponents are but certainly not an impossible task.
 
By: Godfred Budu Yeboah
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