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“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:

Goalkeepers

Fafali Dumehasi – Police Ladies

Victoria Antwi-Adjei – Kumasi Sports Academy

Mary Neequaye- Immigrations Ladies

Defenders

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

Midfielders

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

Attackers

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

www.sports24ghana.com