Interim head coach of the Black Queens, Mercy Tagoe Quarcoo, has revealed her joy at the team’s qualification to the semi-finals of the ongoing WAFU Zone B Women’s Tournament in Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday.
The Queens needed a victory in their match against Burkina Faso and they passed the test via a 4-1 win with the goals coming from Portia Boakye (21st, 70th minutes), Grace Asantewaa (39th minutes) and Priscilla Okyere (55th minute).
The result gave Ghana 6 points and a goal difference of 11. They finished second to Cote d’Ivoire who had 7 points from their three group games.
After the victory over Burkina Faso, Quarcoo, told Rosalind Amoh of the Graphic Sports that she was very excited that the team managed to progress to the semis.
“I am more than relieved. When Kwesi Nyantakyi visited us the other day, he told us that Ghana had a huge reputation on the continent and so, we had to make it out of the group.
He said even if were going to get eliminated, it had to be in the semi finals at least. That motivated us even though we were concerned that they could be better than us.
Ultimately, we planned for the match and we got the result.”
She went on to say that the ability of the Queens team was the counter to the physical strength of the Burkina Faso side.
“I have to admit that the Burkinabes were stronger than us on the day. They were were tough but we used our skill and it worked perfectly for us.”
With Ghana finishing second in Group B , they will face the top team in Group A in the semi-finals of the tournament on February 22, 2018.
By: Nathan Quao/ citifmonline.com/Ghana