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16.07.2004 Football News

Queens’ll Be Lenient To Guinea - Bayor

By Graphic

Black Queens' playmaker, Adwoa Bayor, has stated that she and her teammates will be lenient on their Guinean counterparts when they host them in the return African qualifier in Accra on July 25.

Quite contrary to expectations, Adwoa says the Queens have resolved to reduce the scoreline in the second leg in order to give their opponents some relief.

“We're going to beat them 5-0 to sail through to the Africa Women's Championship (AWC) which is our target,” she stressed in an interview with the Graphic Sports last Wednesday.

“We think beating them by another wide margin will be too demoralising for a team which is now trying to find its feet in the African game.”

She said they would want to reserve their energy for the fourth edition of the AWC scheduled for South Africa next September.

“Our aim is to become the new African champions by dethroning Nigeria, and they know we can do that,” she declared.

The reigning Africa women's soccer queen who hit a hat-trick in the Queens' first leg match against Guinea in Conakry last Sunday revealed that they were going to capitalise on the Nigerians' phobia for them to beat them to the title this time.

The skilful midfielder who has just been offered a contract by SV Hamburg of Germany was happy that her dream of playing in Europe, and particularly Germany, had finally been realised.

“I had harboured the dream of playing in Germany all these years and I'm grateful to God that that dream had finally come true.”

The 25-year-old midfield generalissimo would not disclose the contract sum but only said it was quite substantial.

“I'm happy with the offer which I think is more worthwhile compared with the peannuts I was earning at the Robert Morris College and Majestics FC of Virginia, both in the US,” she pointed out.

According to her, though the offer came a couple of weeks back she decided to help the Queens qualify for the Nations Cup before embarking on the trip.

She has, therefore, planned to leave for Germany to begin her professional career three days after the Queens-Guinea return leg.

The Hamburg deal makes Adwoa Bayor the first female player to play professional football in Germany.

Coach C.K. Gyamfi set the pace for the men when he was contracted to play for Fortuna Dusseldolf in the then East Germany some decades back.

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