A member of the communication team for the Ghana Football Association, Matilda Dzifa Dzimedo has intimated that Black Queens of Ghana can rock shoulders with the defending champions Super Falcons of Nigeria in the doubleheader in the ongoing Morocco 2022, Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers which will be played on Wednesday 20 October 2021 in Lagos.
Speaking with Prof. Kwasi Worlanyo Wallace on “Sports Nite” on Asempa FM, she said; “although most of the foreign-based players turned down the Black Queens call up due to injuries and paper works with their respective club, I believe 90% of domestic players can show a master class performance against with the Nine-time champions”.
“We must also be prepared for a battle. We can’t say that most of our foreign-based players couldn’t show up at national team camp, they won’t be prepared to win a match. We used 90% of our local-based players to play the Aisha Buhari cup in Nigeria, the whole of Africa and Ghana can attest to the performance they put up. Even though we lost our first match, the ladies gathered experiences from the first match, and we were able to win our second match”
Dzifa Dzimedo reiterated that when meeting the Super Falcons, you need a national team exposure. Black Queens has gotten that exposure as well. Even though they didn’t have all the foreign-based players to augment the squad. The coaches believed the ladies in camp, and if they call upon them, they will play their hearts out for the nation and get the win for the nation.
The four foreign-based players include Priscilla Adubea, Racing Feminas, Grace Asantewaa, Real Betis Feminas from Spain, Portia Boakye, Dujarden IF from Sweden and Blessing Agomadzi, Hapoel Beer sheer from Israel.
The biggest encounter of the first round will pit the Super Falcons against the Black Queens. In addition to the need to mark their dominance, the two West African nations will try to secure a privileged place for the next round of qualifiers. The advantage in Nigeria, defending champion and nine-time Africa Cup of Nations winner. The first leg will take place in Lagos, while the return is scheduled for Accra.
Brent Kojo Amenuvor