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14.11.2008 Football News

A rousing welcome for Queens…on arrival at Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle

A contingent of 18 players and 7 officials of the senior National Women's Soccer team, the Black Queens, have arrived in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, ahead of the 7th African Women's Championship, which kicks off this Saturday.

The Queens, on arrival, were thrilled with massive support and welcome from the Ghana High Commission, and the Ghana Supporters Union from the Ghanaian Community.

Uniformly dressed in Puma apparel as a team, the Queens were received by the deputy sports capo of Equatorial Guinea on behalf of his government, who assured them of an interesting and successful tournament.

After going through with the accreditation process, the team quickly moved for the first training session, where they were cheered on by Ghanaian fans. Coaches Mumuni Gamel and Ben Forkuo made them go through light training, shaking off fatigue after three hours of travelling.

Skipper Adjoa Bayor, who has already played in all six championships, revealed that they never anticipated the number of Ghanaians around, and that alone was a morale booster, and it made them feel at home.

“We are challenged to make an announcement on Women Football in Ghana, by annexing the AWC Trophy for the first time.

“The end to the Nigerian dominance is now,” Bayor said in an interview.

Nigeria, South Africa and Tunisia who are all in Group B with Ghana have all flown in, and w,ould play their matches in Bata.

Black Queens knowing the stuff they, have for Africa are seriously rehearsing celebration styles ahead of victories. - Charles Osei Assibey