Six female national team players were among the 423 recruit officers of the Ghana Prisons Service who passed at the Prisons Officers Training School at Roman Ridge in Accra today.
Two other footballers were also among the recuits, bringing to eight, the total number of footballers to have successfully passed out after undergoing six months of training at the Training School.
Senior national team, Black Queens duo of Juliet Acheampong and Azume Adams, Ruth Animah and Helena Obeng of Under-20 side, the Black Princesses and Abigail Tutuah and Abena Pomade also from Black Maidens, the 2018 Under-17 side, were part of the recruits who successfully graduated.
They all play for Prisons Ladies, the 2017 Sanford Women's FA Cup champions.
The Prisons Ladies are now Prisons Officers with the rank of Second Class Officer
Kubrah Aboubakari and Selina Kuru also players of the Sunyani-based team, are the other two players who have been inducted into the Prisons Services ranked as Second Class Officers.
Juliet Acheampong, who has been with the Queens since 2015, expressed her appreciation for the opportunity, describing it as a guarantee for 'life after football' for her.
"This is one of the happiest days of our lives. At least when we go about playing football, we will not have to worry about what would happen to us in the future or after our football career. This is our guarantee and we are grateful to for the opportunity," she said.
Juliet Acheampong now a Prisons Officer
Juliet Acheampong is one of the midfielders who have been consistent for the Black Queens
A number of female footballers have been drafted into the security services having been recruited to play for the clubs who feature in the National Women's League as well as in the Security Services Sports Association (SESSA) Games.
Police Ladies lead the pack when it comes to footballers drafted as officers with over 12 players having graduated over the past four years.
National players Fafali Dumehasi, Nana Ama Asantewaa, Alberta Asante, Jane Ayieyam as well as former national star, Deborah Afriyie, Mary Entoah, Josephine Boateng, Shirley Dzormeku, Rachael Assefuah and Francisca Koomson, have all undergone successful training and passed out as officers.
The others are Comfort Dunyo, Veronica Ashetey, Stella Kwakye, Alice Eva Danso, Rashida Alidu, Mary Baidoo, Mary Berko, Nana Ama Asantewaa, Felicia Dzokpe, Patience Adjetey and Patience Kpobi.
Immigration Ladies also boast of Anita Wiredu Mintah, a former national player and now Welfare Officer of the Black Queens who was drafted through football.