Accra, Sept. 13, GNA - John Eshun, Technical Director of the national women soccer team, the Black Queens has settled on a list of 20 players for the fourth edition of the Africa Women Championship (AWC) in South Africa. The list, expected to be pruned down to 18 includes 10 of the players who featured in the last World Cup hosted in the United States as well as ten newly promoted players.
The team currently riding high in their training tour camp in South Africa is expected to fly to the games village at Hill Park in Johannesburg on Wednesday ahead of their opener billed against host, Bayana Bayana on Saturday.
The release of the names of the squad which was made available to the GNA Sports, had World number three goalkeeper, Memunatu Suleiman with Gladys Enti and Gladys Quansah making up the three goalies.
The current African Female Footballer of the year, Adjoa Bayor is among the notable names expected to lead the Queens' quest to dethrone the defending champions, the Super Falcons of Nigeria during the three-week fiesta. Coach Eshun's rear has experienced players such as Aminatu Ibrahim, Patricia Ofori, Lydia Ankrah, Yaa Avoe, and debutants Justina Tetteh, Ama Saabi and Bernice Asante. The battle for selection in the midfield is expected to be between Bayor, Florence Oko, Sport Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Footballer of the year, Memuna Darku, Gloria Oforiwaa, Hamdia Abass, Ramatu Tahiru and Patience Kpobi.
Akua Anokyewaa, who is fast establishing herself as a potent goal-getter battles it out with Anita Amenuku and Leticia Zikpi upfront. The Queens who are expected to round up their three-week acclimatization tour on Tuesday, September 14, are paired alongside Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.