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Ghana Female U20 head coach Bashir Hayford extols his side's title winning credentials after stunning host in opener

Published on: 06 August 2014
Ghana coach Bashir Hayford confident Princesses can make impact

By Akyereko Frimpong Manson

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Black Princesses head coach Bashir Hayford says his girls have shown signs they could contest for the ultimate at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. 

The West African giants ensured host nation Canada began their tournament in disappointing fashion with a 1-0 defeat in Toronto’s National Soccer Stadium on Wednesday morning.

A lone strike from the Black Princesses’ Sherifatu Sumaila midway through the opening half proved the difference, and leaves Canada with little margin for error in their remaining Group A matches against Finland and 2006 champions Korea DPR.

While Hayford has been hesitant to talk about his side becoming the first African side to win the tournament, he could not totally brush aside their chances after the victory.

"And we sent a signal that we’re not here for fun - we’re here for business. If I didn’t want to win the World Cup, we wouldn’t be here," he said in the post-match interview.

I had said before the tournament that we had the potential to win the World Cup. I don’t know if we’ll do it, but we do see some signs."

Ghana will continue their campaign with their Group A second game against North Korea at the same venue.


This article has 5 comment(s), give your comment
  • cofie says:
    August 06, 2014 12:26 pm
    you too shut your smelling mouth up! what have you ever achieved in you miserable life? do you think its easy to win against a host nation is such a big tournament?
  • MICHAEL says:
    August 06, 2014 08:13 am
    Coach Bashir Hayford, just shut up. You have only won one match and there are still two matches to go in the group stage and from there, the journey to the ultimate is long. So please just shut up and take the matches one at a time. When you reach the final then you can talk of the possibility of winning the cup.
  • Dr Who says:
    August 06, 2014 07:13 am
    the referees will ensure our early exit
  • Bagoro Bawah says:
    August 06, 2014 06:13 am
    well done ma ladies, de sky is ur limit
  • Nana(RSA) says:
    August 06, 2014 07:49 pm
    Mr Hayford knows what he's talking about, I watched the match this morning. The team was tactically sound, he set up his team to win. He is a brilliant Coach. 100% better than Akwasi Appiah.