Head coach of the Black Princesses, Ben Fokuo, says Ghana’s failure to advance to the knockout stages of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup is worrying.

The 4-1 loss to the Netherlands means Ghana have failed to make it out of the group stages in all six editions of the World Cup they have played since their debut in 2010.

The Princesses finished bottom of Group D with no zero points while they only scored one from three games.

After the game against the Netherlands, who finished second in the group, Fokuo said not progressing past the first round of the competition is worrisome.

“This is the sixth time we have not been able to qualify from the group stage and it is very worrying,” he said as quoted by the Ghana FA.

“When we were coming to this competition for the sixth time, we decided to make sure that we qualify from the group stage for the first time and later progress from the quarter-final but it is unfortunate we lost all three matches and are out of the competition.

He also added that the team will return to Ghana and turn attention to the next edition of the U-20 Women’s World Cup.

‘’We did our preparations and worked hard towards the competition but things didn’t go as planned.

‘’We will work hard and try again in the next edition and hopefully, the team will make it past the group stage for the first time.”