Minister backs Black Maidens to play for honor

10 years ago

Joseph Yamin, deputy Minister of Youth and Sports has urged the Black Maidens to ensure success at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.

Ghana begin the campaign on Saturday with an opening group fixture against 2012 runners-up Korea DPR.

For the deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, who has joined the team in at the finals, the team has the country's support and he expects them to advance from the group stage.

"We are here to give them the morale support, to let them know that the whole country is behind them. I am here representing the government and the whole country telling them that they need to get the joy of Ghanaians in football going higher and higher," Hon. Joseph Yamin said.

"Nothing is impossible in this world. The determination, discipline and commitment is what is important in the game they find themselves in. They should go out there and see themselves as better than any other team and they can get to the top."

Much is expected from the Black Maidens after they defied the odds to win bronze at the last World Cup.

"In the first three matches, it's only losing a game that is not a good thing. When you draw and win, you are hopeful of going past the first round. But, we don't want to see a draw neither do we to see us losing. We are winning. They shouldn't see themselves as underdogs.

"They should see themselves as equally good as the Koreans as we are saying. They should go in there with one mentality that we are winning. In football, one minute is a lot of opportunities. They should play to the last whistle," the deputy Minister of Youth and Sports added.