AWCON qualifiers: Black Queens coach talks tough, says Ghana will end Nigeria’s reign

By Harry Awurumibe, Africa’s No.1 Women’s Football Journalist
Barely three months to the African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) crunchy  qualifiers match between Nigeria and Ghana, Black Queens Head Coach, Mercy Tagoe says her team will end the reigns of the defending champions Super Falcons, when both countries meet in October.
Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) had in a bizarre draw for the 2022 AWCON final slated for Morocco which will also serve as qualifiers for 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup final in Australia and New Zealand pitched Nigeria and Ghana in the knockout round.
CAF also fixed the first leg of the big match to hold during the FIFA Window of October 18 to 26, 2021 while the second round will be on FIFA Window of February 14 to 23, 2022.

Ghana Black Queens gaffer, Mercy Tagoe plots against Super Falcons

Winner of Nigeria, Ghana tie will again  meet either Cote d’Ivoire or Niger in the second round knockout stage before qualifying for Morocco final.

Nigeria has featured in every AWCON and FIFA Women’s World Cup final since 1991.
But Black Queens’s gaffer, Tagoe has boasted that Ghana is on the right track to halt Super Falcons’ advance to the next AWCON and FIFA Women’s World Cup final Zealand’s 2022 and 2023 in Morocco and Australia and New Zealand respectively.

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In her recent interview published in the FIFA website, Tagoe said they are aware that Nigeria is the reigning African champions, so there is no room for complacency when both nations meet in October and next February.

“This will not be an easy undertaking, as Nigeria, the most challenging opponents of all,  await us in the first round of qualifying tie for the CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2022.
“We always keep in mind that Nigeria are the African champions, so there is no room for complacency,” Tagoe said in an interview with
According to her: “The new dates for the qualifiers will also help us to prepare the team very well in all aspects of the game. I believe Ghana are on the right track,” she said.
“Right now, my team are not too bad, as every player is taking part in competitions at their various clubs. The only issue is that they need to continue training together for a while and play a series of friendlies both locally and internationally before I can consider them ready for any competitive matches or competitions.”

Black Queens line-up

Tagoe, a former Ghana international player and later Ghana league referee argued that: “Aside from the technical and tactical aspect of training, we are doing a lot of psychological exercises. I did the same routine at the WAFU Zone B tournament in Côte d’Ivoire in 2018, and Ghana beat Nigeria for the first time at that event”.

She insisted that as teams around the world are dreaming again of reaching the next FIFA Women’s World Cup, Ghana Black Queens are among them, adding that this is why she is now setting out to change all that by helping the team to rediscover their former strength.

Super Falcons Head Coach Randy Waldrum laughs off Mercy Tagoe’s boasting of beating Nigeria in October.

The Black Queens have featured at three previous editions of the World Cup, most recently competing at China 2007 before failing to qualify for the FIFA  Women’s World Cups final in Germany 2011; Canada 2015 and France 2019.

However, unlike Ghana, Nigeria have never missed a FIFA Women’s World Cup since 1991 in China, reaching quarter final in the United States of America in 1999; reached round of 16 in France 2019, and are heading into these matches as clear favourites.

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