As the second edition of West Africa Football Union (WAFU) B Women’s competition Kicks off in Abidjan Cote D’ivoire today (8th – 18th May, 2019) Head Coach of Black Queens of Ghana, Mercy Tagoe says that she is in Abidjan with her team to defend the trophy they won during the maiden edition last year.
It will be recalled that Blacks Queens defeated host Cote D’ivoire one nil in the final of the maiden edition and Tagoe believes they are back in Abidjan again to lift the trophy.
“We are the defending champions of the competition, we brought the Trophy back to Abidijan from Ghana and it is my aim for us to return the trophy back to Ghana where we brought it from,” said Tagoe to Naijafootballplus.com.
Speaking exclusively to Naijafootballplus.com from Abidjan, the gaffer spoke about her team’s readineness ahead of their first match against Senegal today. Tagoe said that though Senegal wasn’t in their group in the maiden edition but she has gathered information about the team and her girls are ready for the match.
“Last year Senegal wasn’t in our group but in Nigeria’s group, fortunately I was opportune to know the team they have presently. I believe with what I have seen and heard, if that’s what we will see, then my team is fully ready to face Senegal.”
After winning the maiden edition of WAFU Women’s Cup early last year, Tagoe was made assistant to Bashir Hayford during the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations hosted by Ghana and the team had one of its poorest performance in the history of the competition. Though not happy about the team’s performance during the tournament, Tagoe says the poor outing was unfortunate and was something beyond her but hopes that she can tinker the team back to victory now that she is back as Head Coach.
“We were in AWCON that we hosted and couldn’t perform due to certain things beyond me and beyond my strength. I have gotten the opportunity once again as the Head Coach and I’m here to deliver,” she said.
Every coach always have expectations for his or her team in every competition and Tagoe is not exempted from such expectation. She believes that she will be able to tinker the Black Queens to victory and lift the trophy again.
She added; “My main expectation is to be able to match up with the name we have made for ourselves when it comes to WAFU Women’s Cup. It is everybody’s prayer especially countries in this competition to get to the ultimate that is lifting the trophy. So, my ultimate is the trophy, we have tasted the title winning moment in the maiden edition and we know how it feels to be champions, it feels good and as it is expected of me by Ghanaians, my aim is to win the title and return it back to Ghana.”
The competition kicks off with two matches scheduled for today, the host country Cote D’ivoire will be up against Togo at 4.30pm Nigeria time, while the defending champions Ghana will confront Senegal by 7.30pm Nigeria time.