The Black Queens of Ghana Coach, Mercy Tagoe Quarcoo led twenty two players into Nigeria on Monday (18 October 2021) after months of close camping and a series of friendly matches in their bid to stop Nigeria from defending the AWCON crown won in their country in 2018.
Exposed! 3 Black Queens that could hurt the Super Falcons in the AWCON 22 doubleheader eliminator
Ahead of the crunchy doubleheader en route to the 2022 African Woman Cup Of Nations (AWCON), the Black Queens of Ghana will be banking the talents and experience of three players in their squad to hurt the Super Falcons of Nigeria.
Three among these Black Queens players stood out in terms of talent and ability as coach Tagoe will be relying on their magic to make the difference.
The team will take on Nigeria in Lagos on Wednesday 20 October 2021 in the first leg of the eliminator and before hoping to finish the job in the return leg in Accra on Sunday 24 October 2021 as the aggregate winner over the two legs will qualify for the next round in the series.
The Nigeria coaching crew led by Randy Waldrum needs to pay attention to these players and come up with an antidote to neutralize them otherwise they could wreak havoc.
The first on this watch list is Portia Boakye. She is the most experienced player in the setup.
The player has been in the national team since 2010.
She helped Ghana to win 2015 All African Games' gold medal in the women football event, where she scored vital goals to help Ghana win the event for the first time in history.
The 32-year-old striker will be banking on his experience in the national team to outwit the Super Falcons.
Boakye presently plays for Djurgårdens IF in Sweden, her sixth club abroad, having played in Turkey and France in the past.
The versatile player is very efficient with his dominant left foot and also she can play as a left wing-back.
The second player to watch out for is Princella Adebea.
The highly talented forward plies her trade in Racing Santander in the Spanish top division.
The 23 years forward is a proven goal scorer that represented Ghana at two FIFA U20 World Cups in 2016 and 2018.
She started her professional career with Ampem Darkoa Ladies in 2014 and won the most promising talent award at the end of the 2014/2015 season.
She lived up to the promise by helping Ampem Darkoa to win her first-ever Ghana Women's Premier League in the following season, 2015/2016.
The team upset the favorite and defending champion, Hasaacas Ladies in the Championship final by a lone goal.
She scored a total of 19 goals in 11 matches row in the highest goal scorer award, she also won the highest goal scorer in the Ghana Women FA Cup for the year.
She went to help the club retain the trophy in the 2016/2017 season by scoring the only goal in the Championship final to defeat Lady Strikers FC and she also retain her hotshot award with 16 goals.
The 2017 Sports Writer Association of Ghana footballer of the year winner then moved to Europe to continue to nurture her career.
She is about the most dangerous player in the Ghana attack. Her speed, efficiency and goal conversion rate stands her out.
The Super Falcons will need to keep an eye on the sleek player that won the African U-20 Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament Top goal scorer in 2018.
Grace Asantawa is another player, the Super Falcons need to keep an eye on.
She presently plays in Real Betis in Spain. The 20-year-old diminutive defender moved from Logrono in 2020 to join the Spanish Premier side.
The defender strength is in his overlapping runs as she loves to join the attack.
Her scoring ability as a defender makes her a dangerous player going forward.
She has been a regular in the national team since she made her debut in 2017 as played a total of three at the 2018 AWCON hosted by Ghana.
Tagoe will be counting on this player for favorable results over the two legs hopefully, Randy Waldrum will come up with a strategy to neutralize their potency and move Nigeria past the Ghanaians' hurdle.
Olusola Adebayo is a highly-skilled, enthusiastic, self-motivated writer with over 10 successful years of experience.
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