Ghana women coach Mercy Tagoe says she is conscious of the importance of Thursday’s semi-final against familiar foes Nigeria in the ongoing WAFU Zone B Women’s Championships in Ivory Coast.
Both teams will slug out a repeat of last year’s clash at the same stage of the competition, which saw the Black Queens claim the bragging right and eventually winning the trophy.
The Super Falcons have had a flawless run so far in the three games played, defeating Burkina Faso, Niger and Mali, while Ghana won against Togo and Senegal but were held to a goalless draw by host team Ivory Coast.
“We are conscious of the fact that Nigeria are coming for revenge. We know their plans. They don’t want to be beaten twice by Ghana and they’ve been working towards that,” Tagoe told ACLsports.
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“We have seen all the games they have played so far in the competition. Their team is very good this time. They have good scorers. They have pace and are very determined. Don’t forget they are a World Cup-bound team. However, the Black Queens are equally a good side and have the potential to tame and tear the Falcons.
“We are going to stick to our style and pattern and remain unfazed. Our game against Ivory Coast is a testimony of the talent we have and the level of endurance we can reach. If you play like that I don’t see why you should be scared of any team,” she said.
In the other semi-final, Ivory Coast will take on Mali. The final and third place matches are scheduled for Sunday May 19.