Sportsnewsgh take the odd to outline five most influential players in the Ghanaian team, who for any reason Ghana end their long chase for international trophy will have to steal the show.
Ghana will go into the competition as one of the favourites having been stripped off the trophy on three occasions.Ghana has being drawn in Group A against Algeria, Mali and Cameron whiles Nigeria lock horns with South Africa, Equatorial Guinea and Zambia in Group A of the Total Africa Women’s Cup of Nations set to commence November 17.
Should there be any cause for the Super Falcons of Nigeria, defending champions, South Africa Banyana Banyaya and competitors to worry, some players within the Black Queens will have to carry the team on shoulders for Ghana to win the 11th edition of the Total Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON).
Below are the top 5 Stars to watch
1 Faustina Ampah (Minsk FC & Ghana)
Ampah is a key figure to assist the host, Ghana to end trophy drought which has eluded them for years.She ply’s her football career in Balarus side Minsk.The team fancy her inclusion a good omen, since she has what it takes to clinch a trophy and qualify the team to France World Cup.
Stalwart Ampah inspired Minsk to a Premier League Women, Baltic Women’s League and Super Cup Women treble.Adding up, was becoming the first Ghanaian player to play in the UEFA Women’s Champions League round of 32.Crowning it all by winning the 2018 WAFU Women’s Cup with the Black Queens.She adds a lot spirit and experience to the Ghanaian team going into the tournament.Only 21, her power to control and take charge of the backline of her team, marks her maturity and comfort from the bench and fans.
2 Portia Boakye (Djurgårdens IF & Ghana)
A well nurtured talent from the Junior team of the female national team, Portia Boakye adds wide spread of balance to the host.She competed in the 2014 African Women’s championship qualification, 2015 All Africa Games showing how prolific she is at goal.She emerged the winner of the golden boot in the 2018 WAFU tournament after netting four goals and made three assists.Portia was an influential member of the Black Queens team that won the WAFU Nations Cup.She is regarded as one of the best left-footed players on the African Continent,who plays as a forward, defender and midfielder for Ghana and Sweden side Djurgårdens IF.
Portia Boakye got nomination as CAF Female Footballer of the year 2018.Which is a career boaster ahead of Ghana’s priority to clinch the ultimate.She is the most capped female Player for Ghana.
3 Priscilla Okyere (ZFK Spartak Subotica & Ghana)
The midfield dynamo always have something to offer the national team.She won the United IFF tournament in Spain with ZFK Spartak Subotica.Just 23, featured several games for ŽFK Spartak Subotica in the 2018 UEFA Women’s Champions league where they meet the likes of Bayern Munich.With qualities of a box to box midfielder, her prowess of scoring from all angles can’t be forseen.
The enforcer was part of the Black Queens squad that clinch the 2018 WAFU Women’s Cup held in Ivory Coast.
4 Jane Ayieyam (Police Ladies & Ghana)
Jane having appeared on the world stage in FIFA women’s tournament has got something to show Africa this time round.Ayieyam was the top scorer for the Black Maidens with four goals at the Under 17 tournament in Azerbaijan, and book World cup ticket for her side.She is poised to help Ghana seal another qualification and win another medal.Her Jersey number is one of the unfamiliar position wear in football [Number 3].A sensational player who inspired the Maidens to their first ever semi final in FIFA women’s U-17 world cup with 2 goals, which eliminated China in the quarter finals.
A skipper with every quality a Manager would want.Talk of ball control, strength, pace, header and shooting.A deadly player who on any day regardless of where the ball is, will punish you.
5 Samira Suleman (Víkingur Ólafsvík, Iceland & Ghana)
Samira Suleiman is 27 years-old with vast experience with the Black Queens.She ahead of the tournament has admitted that her involvement with the team is key to good course. “My inclusion is very vital for the rest of the team”.And ready to exhibit power and experience to the young ones to build the team”.She scored in a 2–0 win against Ethiopia in the 2014 African Women’s Championship qualification match.She was on the Ghana squad for the 2014 African Women’s Championship.Samira scored in Ghana’s 1–0 win over Ivory Coast in the semifinals of the 2015 African Games.Scored brace against Tunisia in 2016 which helped the Black Queens qualify for the 2016 African Women Championship in Cameroon.Her performance saw her Nominated by
the Sports Writers Association of Ghana [SWAG] in 2016.
There is no doubt Samira Suleiman attitude will be needed to end Ghana’s chase for a laurel.
Story by Kolog Bonaventure
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