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12.06.2004 Football News

Ashanti Women's football association decry attitude of parents

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Kumasi, June 12, GNA - The Ashanti Regional Women's Football Association has expressed concern about the attitude of some parents who are refusing to allow their daughters the opportunity to play the game of football.

Madam Cecilia Anane, Chairperson of the Regional Women's Football Association who expressed this concern said most of the girls have the potential of becoming very good footballers but their parents are denying them the opportunity of participation.

She said this year alone, the association was compelled to withdraw eight talented players from the Region's select side due to the un-cooperative attitude of their parents.

Speaking in an interview with the GNA Sports in Kumasi on Friday, Madam Anane said the behaviour of the parents was very unfortunate since women had come of age all over the world and many talented women including women players from Ghanaian were benefiting from it.

She wondered how the nation could progress in women football if all parents should continue to deny their children the opportunity to play for their country by opposed their call to national duty and denying them their chosen profession or pastime.

"It is not by chance that the Black Queens participated in two Women's World Cup competitions consecutively", Madam Anane pointed out, adding that this behaviour by some parents coupled with the lack of sponsorship to organise a competitive league in the Region was impacting negatively on the development of women's football in the Region.

She said the situation where "We have to go round begging for sponsorship for the Regional and National teams should stop while equal attention is given to women football just like their men counterparts to develop and achieve results".

On the preparedness of the Regional Women's team for this year's National Day Games slated for Kumasi from June 13th to 17th, Madam Anane said with about seven of the players who were on national assignment joining their colleagues, the Region has a formidable side capable of winning the women's football competition. 12 June 04

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