By Ameenu Shardow
Ghana U-17 women’s team coach Mas-Ud Dramani says he knew his team was good enough to go all the way at the World Cup .
The Black Maidens exceeded expectations by winning bronze at the championships hosted in Azerbaijan.
Ghana had a stuttering start to their campaign with a 2-1 loss to Germany but went on to win three successive games to clinch a semi final berth.
The Black Maidens’ were however deflated by eventual winners, France but the team rallied again to avenge their opening defeat against Germany in the third-place playoff.
But coach Dramani says he knew the team will impress beyond measure even before the competition kicked off.
“We are really overwhelmed by this gathering but we were not surprised by what we did in Azerbaijan,” he said.
“Good preparation and good planning made it possible.
“Our target was to get at least to the second stage but nobody begrudges you if you surpass your initial target and then ask for more.
“We knew we were a force to reckon with but we couldn’t have said that much but to get to the competition.
“I want to give credit to the girls for accepting to take all the tutorials we gave them.”