The Coach of the National Senior Women’s Team, Mercy Tagoe Quarcoo has relased a list of 30 players to begin camping for the African Cup of Nations in November.
According to a statement signed by Francis Oti-Akenteng, Secretary to the Liaison team, the provisional Black Queens squad will begin residential camping today at the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence at Prampram in Accra.
Coach Mercy Tagoe is expected to cut down the squad to 23 players for the championships that will be contested by eight African teams namely Ghana, Algeria, Cameroon, former champions Equatorial Guinea, Mali, South Africa, Zambia and 10-time winners, Nigeria. Ghana will host the tournament which kicks off in November.
Coach Tagoe has recalled experienced goalkeeper, Patricia Mantey who also plays for Immigration Ladies and then prolific forward, Jane Ayieyam. The list constitutes seven foreign-based players in a squad that are expected to host and win the AWCON.
Lily Niber who missed out for the U-20 side to compete at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup has been given a life line to justify her chance at the senior level. She was dropped because of her age.
The foreign-based contingent are Portia Boakye (Djurgadeus HF Football, Sweden), Priscilla Okyere (ZFK Spartak Subotica, Serbia), Faustina Ampah (FC Minsk, Belarus), Elizabeth Addo (Reign FC, Seattle, USA), Juliet Egyir (Attuklding FC, Iceland), Linda Eshun (Grindavik FC, Iceland) and Markella Suka (Oklahoma Baptist University, USA).
Others players in the squad include Nana Ama Asantewaa, Fafali Dumahisi, Barikisu Issahaku, Ellen Coleman, Priscilla Lartey, Gladys Amfobea, Edem Atorvor, Perpetual Agyekum, Rita Okyere, Linda Addae, Rosemary Ampem, Ellen Ampong, Juliet Acheampong, Ary Essiful, Leticia Zikpi, Mavis Owusu, Diana Wiegbe, Alberta Asante, Ernestina Tetteh, Alice Kusi, Lily Niber Lawrence, Ruth Appiah, Gifty Appiah and Stephanie Appiah.