So Far, So Good for Black Queens- Mercy Tagoe

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Ghana women’s national team coach Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo says it is a case of “so far, so good” for their preparations for an upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifying tie against Nigeria.

The Black Queens have been in camp for the past two weeks, using this time to gear up for a first round, two-legged tie against the 11-time AFCON champions scheduled for October.

According to the Ghana FA website, six players from Hasaacas Ladies have yet to report to camp due to their participation in the maiden edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League in Abidjan, though the arrival of Spanish-based players Grace Asantewaa and Princella Adubea has been a boost.

“When you came around, we were playing one of our training matches and I think so far so good for us but we have one or two minor injuries in camp,” Tagoe-Quarcoo explained.

“We are trying our maximum best to see to it that all those players involved will be fit enough to continue the training.”

On the possibility of more players being added to the camp, she said, “Absolutely, some of the players are with Hasaacas Ladies who have qualified for the CAF Champions League: WAFU B Qualifiers in Ivory Coast, so I left them to travel.

“Some were also invited by the U-20 who have very close assignment and I have to let them go. We are doing some additions and subtractions gradually but it’s too early for me to add more players because those in camp now are not doing badly at all so we are on course.”

The winners of the Ghana v Nigeria tie will go on to face either Niger or Ivory in the final stage of qualification for the next Women’s AFCON. The tournament is scheduled to be held in Morocco in July-August or October-November of 2022.

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