Wednesday Apr 24, 2019. 09:15
Ghana national women’s team coach Mercy Tagoe insists she has no intention of naming any foreign-based players for next month’s West African Football Union (WAFU) tournament.
The coach led the Black Queens to glory at the 2018 edition and will be looking to repeat the feat in the Ivory Coast (which hosts the competition for the second successive year).
Tagoe had some overseas-based players in her squad last year, but this time around she insists that the quality of players available within Ghana means she doesn’t have to look beyond the country’s borders.
"To talk of foreign-based players, everybody is a good player and some of the locally-based players are equally good as the foreign-based players," Tagoe said at a press conference in Accra on Tuesday, as quoted by Football Ghana.
"If you have players for all the positions, why then do you go out of the way to invite foreign-based players, meanwhile they are busy playing their leagues?"
A preliminary group, from which the final squad will be named, is currently in camp in Cape Coast ahead of the tournament which begins on May 8.
Ghana have been pitted against Mali, reigning African champions Nigeria and Guinea in Group B, while Group A features the hosts Ivory Coast, Niger, Senegal and Benin.