Black Queens ready for any side in today’s Nations Cup draw
Ghana’s senior female football team, Black Queens, will know their fate today (Saturday) when the draw for the African Women’s Championship (AWC) is conducted in Namibia.
However, Coach Yussif Basigi says his side are ready for any challenge as the Queens have to conquer all to realise their dream of being crowned African champions.
With defending champions Nigeria, former champions Cameroun, as well as regular attendants, South Africa in the line-up, the Queens could be drawn at the group stage against any of these continental giants, as well as debutants Cote d’Ivoire, Algeria, Zambia and hosts Namibia.
The prospect of playing in a tough group does worry Coach Basigi who believes it is time for the Queens to put their best foot forward and be crowned African champions.
“We have been to every African Championship since 1998 with the exception of 2012. However, we really want to be champions too and thus must be ready to beat everyone to be the best. We are prepared for any challenge we will be presented with at Namibia,” said the coach who successfully led club side, Hasaacas Ladies to a second successive Women’s League title.
Since taking charge, Coach Basigi, who is also credited with stirring Sekondi Hasaacas out of Premier League relegation last season, has transformed the national team into a solid one, scoring 11 goals in their return encounters against Burkina Faso and Ethiopia in their qualifiers.