“I really missed a lot of my experienced players, not only just the captain [Elizabeth Addo]. When I have the full complements of my team, you will see a different ball game.”
The above quote were the exact words of Black Queens coach, Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo a month ago at a post match conference after Ghana had lost 0-3 to Banyana Banyana during the 2021 Aisha Buhari Cup.
But in a sharp contrast, the same coach has named her final 22-woman squad to face the Super Falcons of Nigeria in the first leg of the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations [AWCON] qualifiers on Wednesday, October 20 without the most talented Elizabeth Addo in the team.
The exclusion of the Djurgårdens IF forward [Addo] may not be news to those who have been following women’s football in Ghana with keen interest lately.
Tagoe-Quarcoo’s final squad, a predominantly local team includes four foreign-based players; Blessing Shine Agbomadzi, Portia Boakye, Princella Adubea and Grace Asantewaa.
Below is the full squad:
Fafali Dumehasi – Police Ladies
Victoria Antwi-Adjei – Kumasi Sports Academy
Mary Neequaye- Immigrations Ladies
Gladys Amfobea – Ladystrikers
Ellen Coleman – Ladystrikers
Nina Norshie – Berry Ladies
Janet Egyir – Hasaacas Ladies
Blessing Agomadzi – Hapoel Be’er sheva
Justice Tweneboa – Ampem Darkoa Ladies
Philicity Asuako- Police Ladies
Naomi Anima – Kumasi Sports Academy
Monica Addai – Berry Ladies
Grace Animah – Police Ladies
Grace Acheampong – Ampem Darkoa Ladies
Grace Adams – Berry Ladies
Grace Asantewaa – Real Betis Feminas
Portia Boakye – Dujarden IF
Sophia Agyarkwa – Soccer Intellectuals
Vivian Adjei Konadu – Thunder Queens
Elizabeth Owusu – Ampem Darkoa Ladies
Sonia Opoku – Ampem Darkoa Ladies
Princella Adubea – Racing Feminas
The Black Queens will also host the nine-time African champions on October 24.
The winner of the two legs will join hosts Morocco and 10 other countries for the 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations next year summer.
By James K. Attaglo Wilson