Ghanaian ladies clinch American deal
Four Ghana female football stars have signed deals to play for University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College from next season.
Head women's soccer coach Nik Barjaktarevic solidified his 2009 recruiting class with the signing of four Ghanaian ladies to Red River Athletic Conference league.
The four Ghanaians are Elizabeth Codjoe, Florence Dadson, Linda Eshun and goalkeeper Sawuda Issah.
The three outfield players were members of the Black Princess squad that played in last year's women's U-17 World Cup while Issah was spotted during a scouting mission.
They have been offered scholarships to study at the university while pursuing their football careers.
Although they are new to UTB-TSC, the Ghana players already are familiar with one another.
Three of the four players — Dadson, Codjoe and Eshun — were members of the Ghana under-17 national team, and Codjoe and Eshun were high school teammates at Diabene Secondary School.
They will be joined by Sawuda, a goalkeeper from Tamale Secondary School.
Barjaktarevic said UTB-TSC is lucky to have signed these four talented players.
"We are getting four of the top young stars from Ghana," Barjaktarevic said.
"Florence, Elizabeth and Linda played on the U-17 team that had a great tournament. All three girls had great roles in games against Germany, North Korea and Costa Rica."
With a fully assembled team, the Scorpions will begin the season on August 21 with an exhibition against the Harlingen Celtics club team at the new REK Center Field.