Video: Canada spied on Ghana ahead of their U20 women's World Cup clash today
Canada’s Under-20 women’s coaches have revealed that they spied on their opening World Cup opponents Ghana ahead of their opening match of the tournament on Tuesday night.
The Black Princesses pitched their pre-tournament camping in the Canadian city of Ontario which seems to have given their opening match opponents some information about the team.
Like it is for many youth teams around the world, in-game video of the Ghana squad was rather limited until they moved to the enemy’s territory to camp for the competition.
The Ghana team has trained in the Ontario capital ahead of the tournament. That has allowed the Canadians to gather some more information on their first Group A opponent.
“We’ve been a bit fortunate,” said Canadian coach Andrew Olivieri.
“They’ve been here in Toronto so we’ve had a couple of people that have been able to see them.
“That’s certainly part of the culture of our program is being prepared for our opponents and seeing them and basically analyzing them is crucial to the way we work.”
From what the Canadians have been able to glean from the footage they’ve seen, they’re expecting a side with plenty of speed and a unique style in Tuesday’s opener at BMO Field.
“Ghana is a very fast, physical team,” said midfielder Jessie Fleming.
“They have very technical forwards. They’re definitely going to be difficult to play (against). They’re unpredictable at times.
“So it’s just a matter of sticking to our game plan and doing what we can to match that.”
Canada will play Finland in another Group A game Friday in Toronto before heading to Montreal for an Aug. 12 game against North Korea.
Group B includes the U.S., Germany, China and Brazil.
Group C is made up of England, Mexico, Nigeria and South Korea while Group D consists of Costa Rica, France, New Zealand and Paraguay.
The tournament runs through Aug. 24 with Edmonton and Moncton as the other host cities.
The defending champion Americans are a tournament favourite along with Germany and North Korea.