By Patrick Akoto
Coach of Ghana’s Women’s Under-17 team Mas-ud Didi Draman is cautiously optimistic about his side’s chances in Tuesday’s semi-final clash against France.
The Black Maidens will take on Les Bleuettes in Baku knowing victory will inch them closer to a historic final.
The team put up a polished display to stun favourites Japan at the quarter-final stage and suddenly there is huge sense of belief among local fans that the African heavyweights can become world champions.
But the Asante Kotoko trainer is refusing to be caught in the web of complacency but remains confident his team can scale the hurdle.
“I have watched the French and they are a solid side. We have to approach the game cautiously and I believe if the players keep to instructions, we can win,” Draman said
“We are not getting swollen headed at all. The players know the task ahead and what they must do to achieve their aim. We want to win the game.
“We have looked at their weaknesses and strength and so we shall take it from there.
“There is no cause for alarm. We will just urge Ghanaians to pray for us and then we see how it goes.”
Both countries have never been close to the podium at a Fifa Under-17 Women’s World Cup.
The responsibility on the Ghanaians’ shoulder is heavy with Mas-Ud Dramani’s charges the first African nation to reach the semi-final stage at this competition.