The Queens defied the odds to pick a point off ‘Les Lionnes’ Yaounde a fortnight ago, and Basigi is convinced the Black Queens have their destiny in their hands as they seek to wrap up the job in Accra at the weekend.
“This kind of situation can put pressure on any team in moments like this but we also understand that it is something we face that could define our dreams of playing at the Olympic Games for the first time and it is important to win such matches.
“The good thing is the team is self-motivated to make history by qualifying and we know this must be the best opportunity so far and it is within our reach and our intention to grab it with both hands”.
The Queens drew first blood against the Cameroonians before the host who ahead of the match were clear favourites following their exploits at the FIFA Women World Cup in Canada last month, where they reached the second round after two group phase victories pulled parity midway.
The Queens might have punched above their weight in Yaounde, per current strength of both sides but Basigi insists it is all working according to plan.
“We travelled to Yaounde under no illusions about their strength and quality. We planned well and set out to match them and take our opportunities. We came home with a point though I was disappointed.
“We had the quality to win and we proved that every step of the way. We know they will come fighting like wounded lioness out here. They are a very good side and we are ready to sell out a good match and also walk away victorious.”
In other matches, rivals Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria will square off in Malabo whilst Kenya will be eyeing an upset against South Africa in Nairobi.
Saturday, 1 August 2015
Ghana vs Cameroon (1-1)
Sunday, 2 August 2015
Kenya vs South Africa (0-1)
Equatorial Guinea vs Nigeria (1-1)
Cote d’Ivoire has qualified for the next round following the withdrawal of Zimbabwe.