Women's U-17 Qualifiers: Ghana Coach gives updates on team's preparations ahead of qualifier against Nigeria

Published on: 24 August 2020

Ghana U17 women's coach Baba Nuhu has given updates on his team's health and safety  after they resumed camping for the 2021 FIFA World Cup final qualifying match against the Flamingoes of Nigeria.

The president of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo, in a recent update on the country's fight against the Corona Virus pandemic, announced that the Black Maidens have been granted permission to resume camp ahead of games against the Flamingoes.

The Ghanaian side who are jointly in camp with the U20 women's team, was hit by a setback as seven players were confirmed positive for Covid-19 after the two national teams underwent testing as part of safety protocols for camp resumption.

With the affected players are currently in isolation, Ghana's U17 coach Baba Nuhu has provided an update on the team's steady progress despite their coronavirus challenges.

"The training has been good so far and you know under this [coronavirus case] situation, we have to revise our training schedule," Baba said, as reported by the Ghana Football Association's official website (www.ghanafa.org).

"We know we have to observe all the protocols which we have not forgotten, so what we are doing now is more of individual work, trying to see how we can work individually, not as one person.

"We will still be in groups but more of individual work, so to be able to observe all the protocols. The players have been wearing the nose masks but once we come to training, it is taken off and after training, they put it on again, even at dining.

"We are fully aware of whatever that is happening and we are very careful. I am sure in the coming weeks; everything will be normal, then, we can revise our training accordingly."

A total of 30 U17 players were called up for the camping exercise.

 Nigeria will travel to Ghana for the first leg tie in October before hosting the Ghanaians for the return encounter to secure a ticket for the World Cup early next year.

The tournament was initially scheduled to be held in November this year but had to be postponed to February-March due to the coronavirus disruptions.