Despite the tough draw handed his side, Coach of the Black Queens, Bashiru Hayford, maintains that he is unfazed by the challenge posed by Cameroon and Mali in his quest to annex the trophy at the Total Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.
Speaking to the press on the sidelines of the draw, coach Hayford insists his side is capable of standing up to the challenge.
“If you’ve not visited someone’s farm, you’d think your crops are the best. “Let the time come and we will face them squarely.
“I maintain that my girls are capable just as anyone else to challenge for the trophy, so we’re ready,” he asserted.
The Black Queens have been handed a tough draw in what connoisseurs describe as the group of death at next month’s Africa Women’s Cup of Nations to be played in the country.
The draw which was staged in Accra, saw the Queens paired in group A alongside current African inform Cameroon, Algeria and another West African rival, Mali.
In group B, perennial continental champions, the Super Falcons of Nigeria, have a relatively easier group as they battle two Southern Africans in South Africa and Zambia as well as Kenya for progress to the quarterfinals of the tournament. .
The Black Queens have consistently under achieved in the African Women’s Championship. The team has lost in the finals to Nigeria, South Africa and Cameroon in recent times. But the technical handlers of the team have signalled their intention to use the home advantage this time round to annex the trophy after many years of trying.
The host, together with other group A opponents, will be based in Accra while group B will be based in Cape Coast.
The tournament, which kicks-off on November 17, 2018 will see host, Ghana’s Black Queens, open their campaign against Algeria before facing Mali and Cameroon in subsequent group games