Head Coach of Ghana’s U-20 female national team (Black Princesses), Yussif Basigi has lamented his team's failure to take their chances after the humiliating 4-0 defeat to Netherlands in the FIFA U-20 WWC 2018 in France.
The princesses were aiming for nothing but a win after an embarrassing 4-1 loss to hosts France in their Group A opener last Sunday.
The hopes of the Ghanaians were dashed having lost their opening two matches; they lost 4-1 in their Group A opener against hosts France and 4-0 to the Netherlands.
Coach Basigi believes the outcome of the game could have been different if the girls had taken their chances in the 15 minutes of the game.
"In fact, in the first 15 minutes of the game, in the first half, we had all the chances to punish the Netherlands but unfortunately we couldn't utilize the chances," he said in a post-match interview.
"As a result, they (the Dutch) lifted up their game and turned it on us," he added.
The former Black Queens Coach continued that, his side could not match up the wing play of their opponents.
The Netherlands were effective on the flanks, causing problems for the left and right backs of Ghana.
"I knew the Netherlands play on the wings and we were much aware of how they play on the flanks but unfortunately our left and right backs could not stop them from attacking from the flanks and we saw that all the goals they scored apart from the fourth goal were all from the flanks," Basigi said.
The Black Princesses need a favour from New Zealand against hosts France to keep their hopes of progression alive.
Ghana play their final Group A game against New Zealand on Saturday.
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