Emmanuel Asante Attakora, GNA
Accra, July 5, GNA - The National U-20 Female team, the Black Princesses would be camp in Spain, ahead of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) Women’s World Cup in France from 5th -24th August, 2018.
The camping would be used to fine tune preparations, as well as acclamatisation ahead of the competition.
A highly placed source at the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) told the GNA Sports, that the team was given a special dispensation to register its provisional list with FIFA, though registration had closed.
This follows a successful discussion with world’s football controlling body and the government of Ghana.
The team would camp for few days, at the Ghanaman Soccer Academy in Prampram, before making the trip to Spain, to continue with preparations and serious rehearsals for the upcoming tournament.
The impasse in the football circles in Ghana that led to a court injunction on all football and administrative activities have been resolved with FIFA and CAF appointing a two-member team headed by Dr Kofi Amoah with Ghana Football Association (GFA) Technical Director Francis Oti Akenteng a member.
They were to supervise all national team activities in order to pave the way for the Ministry of Youth and Sports to carry out its intended programme for the princesses.
Head coach for the Black Princesses’ Yusif Basigi expressed delight with the new development, as it would give them the opportunity to partake in the women’s world cup.
“I am relieved that we have been given the go ahead to continue with where we left it, yes, we have been able to register for the tournament and camping would start soon,” he added.
It would be recalled that FIFA in a joint meeting with Ghana Government at the FIFA head office in Zurich, agreed for the national teams to go ahead with all preparations ahead of any tournament, whilst the GFA undergoes reforms.
The 9th edition of the biennial international women's youth football championship would see Ghana taking on host France in a Group A opener on 5th August, 2018.