Although the Black Princesses will be featuring in their fourth consecutive FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, the west Africans are still waiting for their first quarter-final appearance. They won their first match as rookies in 2008 when they beat Switzerland, but even a credible draw against defending champions USA could not prevent them from an early exit after defeat to Korea Republic. Four years later they were in the so-called Group of Death with Germany, USA and China PR. Three defeats later, the Black Princesses were on their way home. At Canada 2014, Ghana were one of three sides in Group A that finished on six points, but while Canada and Korea Republic advanced, Ghana were the unlucky ones to be eliminated on goal difference.
Unlike the road to Canada 2014, when the Black Princesses made it to the finals having played just one match and scored a single goal, this team played six times during qualifying. They had few problems in overcoming Senegal 8-0 on aggregate in the first round, adding a 3-0 victory against Equatorial Guinea in the second round. In the play-off for a place in Papua New Guinea, the west Africans faced Ethiopia and after being held to a 2-2 draw in Addis Ababa, they made no mistake in the return leg, winning 4-0. When coach Bashir Hayford, who was in charge of the team in Canada in 2014 resigned shortly before the start of the qualifiers, officials turned to Mas-ud Didi Dramani. The former Black Stars international made history in 2012 when he took the Black Maidens to the bronze medal at the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup. He then won the men's league with Asante Kotoko in the next two seasons.
Disappointingly, the success of making four consecutive appearances at the finals at the U-20 level has not been reproduced at senior level and the Black Queens were mere spectators in 2011 and 2015 when the world's strongest teams contested the FIFA Women's World Cup™. There is, however, some hope after the country won the gold medal at the All Africa Games in September. Dramani, who was in charge of the team in the Congo, said it could be a sign of things to come for women's football. “It used to be Nigeria ruling women’s football in Africa then Cameroon took over. Now, we have started beating Cameroon, which means the time has come for Ghana to also take over.”