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Yusif Basigi elated with decision to allow Black Princesses begin camping

Published on: 27 July 2020

Black Princesses coach Yusif Basigi has expressed excitement following government's decision to ease restriction on the female U-20 team allow them start camping ahead of their FIFA World Cup qualifiers in September. 

On Sunday, President Nana Akufo-Addo in his State of the Nations address on measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, eased restrictions on football activities for the first time since March by allowing the Black Princesses and the Black Maidens to begin training by adhering to the safety protocols.

Basigi who had to break camp because of the pandemic, was still in touch with his players through video training sessions, but insists it is better having the team back in camp.

"I am elated that finally the President, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo has eased the restrictions for us to begin camping," he told the FA's official website.

"During the lockdown, I engaged the players individually to monitor their training via video recordings just to make sure their endurance level is not compromised. Now that we are to resume camping, I believe at least those exercises will help boost the teamwork quickly," he added.

Captain of the team, Justice Ama Tweneboah thanked the President, Nana Akufo Addo for allowing the team back to camp.

"On behalf of my teammates, I want to use this opportunity to thank the President for the opportunity given us to start training," said Ama Tweneboah.

"Since the beginning of the break, we have been engaging in individual training but we all know it is not as effective as team training. This opportunity will help us get back in shape for the task ahead. We as players are happy about the news. Thank you Mr. President."

The Black Princesses will continue their FIFA Women's U-20 World Cup qualifiers in September.

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