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08.06.2007 Football News

Princesses, Queens Back To Camp

Ghana's All African Games women's football team, the Black Princesses, returned to camp yesterday to continue their planning for their first major international competition.

Their senior counterparts, the Black Queens also resume training today in preparation for the second leg of the Olympic qualifying match against Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa in two weeks.

The Queens who won 3-1 against the DR Congo in the first leg in Sunyani last Sunday, had a five-day break and are expected to return to their vigorous training session.

There are no new faces in the squad that has been training for the past month after some of the younger players were moved to the Princesses camp.

The Princesses also enjoyed a one week break but have resumed preparations ahead of next month's competition.

Coach of the Under-19 team, Mumuni Gamel, and the rest of his backroom staff with barely a month for their Group B opener against host, Algeria on July 9 in the competition have called up 25 players to the national camp in Prampram.

They are expected to round up their preparations with a tour of France later this month before moving on to Algiers for the Games.

This year's All African Games women's football competition is the second time women would be playing at the Games but it will be Ghana's debut at the Games after Nigeria had hosted the first edition of the competition in 2003.

Ghana qualified straight for this year's competition from Zone III. The players invited to camp include Naomi Asante, Mary Niiquaye, Jennifer Opoku, Ama Saabi, Sakina Abdul, Priscilla Annor, Lydia Kwarteng, Evelyn Amaning, Portia Baokye, Margaret Owusu and Agnes Quaye.

The rest are Ruth Asante, Juliet Acheampong. Cynthia Adobia, Leticia Zikpi, Mary Baidoo, Mercy Adu Boahene, Grace Asare, Diana Ankomah, Cilla Owusu, Jacklyn Boakye, Florence Adutwumwaa, Agnes Aduako, Mary Otoo and Mawusi Gbenyo.