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Didi Dramani, Mercy Tagoe head for Queens

Didi Dramani head of Queens

Coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani and Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo have been named as the new coach and assistant coach respectively of the female senior national football team, the Black Queens. 

The vice president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr George Afriyie, let the cat out of the bag last Wednesday when he launched the Sanford Women’s FA Cup.

Indeed, the wind of change that blew in the senior male team, Black Stars, seems to have swept through the Black Queens as well as almost the entire technical team has been reshuffled.

Dramani, a former female Under-17 and Under-20 coach, takes over from Yusif Basigi, who led the Queens to a third place finish at the 2016 Africa Women’s Championship in Cameroun last November.

It is unclear where Basigi will be placed now as the list for the Black Princesses and Maidens are yet to be announced.

A list sighted by the Graphic Sports has Eddy Williams as the new goalkeepers’ coach for the Queens, Dr Maame Fuwaa Antwi-Gyamfi replaces Dr Mabel Aboah as the team doctor, Evelyn Nsiah Asare comes on board as the Welfare Officer and Dzormo Adzekwei, a former welfare officer for the Black Maidens and Black Princesses, will now be the Equipment Officer for the Queens.

Team nurse, Rosemary Asiedua Owusu, and physiotherapist, Margaret Foli, however, retained their roles in the team.

The appointment of Mercy, a former Black Queens player and also a former FIFA referee, who turned to coaching after retiring from refereeing, has been hailed as a very good decision by the GFA, given the wealth of experience she has in the various facets of the game.

She was part of the Queens squad that made their debut at the 1999 Women’s World Cup and retired from active football in 2001, after which she seriously took up to officiating, earning her FIFA badge in 2007.

She was one of the few Ghanaian female referees who officiated at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, as well as in the Ghana Premier League and surprised the nation when she announced her retirement in 2014 and went into coaching.

Last season, she coached Division One League side, Amidaus Professionals, as well as qualified Halifax Ladies for their National Women’s League (NWL) debut last season.

According to Mr Afriyie, the decision to offer Mercy the assistant coach role was further proof of the GFA’s commitment to ensure that more qualified women actively played crucial roles in the development and promotion of women’s football.