Ghana ace Michael Essien proud of Black Princesses despite defeat to France

Published on: 06 August 2018

Former Black Stars midfielder Michael Essien says he is proud of the Black Princesses despite the humiliating opening day defeat to their French counterparts in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

The Black Princesses succumbed to a 4-1 defeat to the hosts in Vannes.

Emelyne Laurent's double and Helene Fercocq's strike gave Les Bleuettes a three-goal lead, before half time. However, Black Princeses forward Sandra Owusu Ansah pulled one back before Sandy Baltimore struck in stoppage time to condemn the West Africans at Stade de la Rabine in Vannes.

Despite the painful defeat, former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, who was in Brittany and watch the opener between the two countries backed the Princesses to get back to form, adding he was proud of their performance.



The midfield dynamo has been in France, following an invitation by FIFA to observe the opening game of the Black Princesses.

Michael Essien, before the game visited the team in camp and cheered the girls up, motivating them to give their best for the nation.

Meanwhile, in the other game of the group Netherlands beat New Zealand 2-1 , Ghana have been forced bottom of Group A ahead of their next match on Wednesday.

By Lukman Evergreen Mumin