Yusif Basigi, the head coach of the Black Princesses, expressed confidence in his team’s ability to become champions in the inaugural WAFU Zone B U-20 Championship.
Ghana will face their rivals Nigeria in the tournament’s final on Saturday at the Baba Yara Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 18:30 GMT. The Black Princesses secured their spot in the final with a remarkable 3-1 comeback victory over Burkina Faso, while Nigeria recorded a convincing 3-0 win over Benin.
Looking ahead to the final, Basigi emphasized the determination of the Princesses to create history and expressed his confidence in winning the ultimate prize. In an interview monitored by Footballghana.com, he stated, “Ghanaians should have faith in this Black Princesses team. They are coachable, and I have been satisfied with their performance.”
While acknowledging Nigeria’s experience and the quality of their players who have participated in World Cups, Basigi assured that Ghana would match them and believed they would lift the trophy. He highlighted the high motivation of the players ahead of the final, mentioning that the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kurt Olraku, had addressed the team before the tournament, and their words still resonated with the players. Basigi concluded by expressing the team’s readiness for the final and their desire to etch their names in the history books.
Winning the maiden edition of the tournament is the ultimate goal for the Black Princesses, and Basigi emphasized that while reaching the final was a significant achievement, their focus was on claiming the trophy. The players’ body language indicated their readiness for the final showdown against Nigeria.
“Ghanaians should have faith in this Black Princesses team. They are coachable and I have been satisfied with their performance,” he told Asempa FM.
“We are playing Nigeria who have experience. They have good players who have played in World Cup but we are going to match them and I am convinced we will lift the trophy.
“The players are highly motivated ahead of the final. GFA boss, Kurt Olraku spoke to the team before the start of the tournament and what they were told still ring in their minds. I am sure they want to write their names in the history books.
“Getting to the final and winning the trophy is a different thing but we want to win the maiden edition of the tournament. The body language of the players indicates that they are ready for the final against Nigeria,” he added.