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U-17 Women’s World Cup: Ghana coach not scared of Nigeria

HEAD coach of Ghana’s U-17 women’s team Baba Nuhu has dismissed the threat of Nigeria ahead of their FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifying playoffs.

Ghana’s Black Maidens face Nigeria’s Flamingos later this month for a place in the tournament in India.

“It is very important that at least we have an idea of our opponents but for now, we don’t have any information on them so we are going ahead with our preparation,” Nuhu told the Ghana Football Association communications department on Saturday. “We are playing home first so it’s our game strategy.

“They should be looking out for us on how they will be able to counter us. Even though its good for us to have information about them, we don’t have it. I believe we are preparing for them and everything going to be okay.”

Nuhu insists that his players have no reason to fear the Nigerian girls.

He said: “When people talk about my girls being scared, I laugh because this is not Black Stars vs. Green Eagles. Remember these are women sides, Under’17 sides.
“Ghana has always been a tough customer for this age category and I believe that they will be more scared of us than we will do because we have always qualified for the tournament and excelled.
“If you look at our record of winning 10-0 against Liberia and that of Nigeria winning 10-1, I think that we are ahead of them I should say so.

“There has never been anything like getting scared of Nigeria. We are Ghana, they are Nigeria and we are two strong teams in Africa so we are going on with our preparations and when the match day comes, people will see what we are made of.”
Nuhu’s team lost a friendly 4-3 to their U-20 counterparts but the coach is not worried about the defeat.

“It is one of the test matches we have lined up so far to assess how the girls are faring,” he explained. “We have been in camp for the past five weeks and have taken them through a lot of things gradually.

“What I was looking for in this match is how to take our opponents out when they come attacking, because the whole of this week, we have been looking out to see how best we can play for our team strategy.

“My mind is not on the scoreline but they played very well in the first half and in the second half, I had to field other players as well so that in the absence of one or two players, I know how they can manage to play.

“I think am satisfied basically after spending five weeks in camp with this performance.”

Incidentally, while the Ghanaian girls have been undergoing intensive preparation, the Nigerian team’s plans have been severely restricted by COVID-19 prevention guidelines.

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