Coach of Ghana’s Black Queens, Mercy Tagoe Quarcoe, has expressed conviction that her side will beat the Super Falcons of Nigeria for a qualification.
Her comments come after CAF revealed the dates and fixtures for the qualifying series for the 2022 Africa Women's Cup of Nations in Morocco.
At the end of the draw, Ghana is set to battle it out with the defending champions Nigeria.
Reacting to this development, Mercy in an interview, told a Ghanaian-based news portal: “I am not really scared of Nigeria. Though Ghana and Nigeria are rivals on the continent, in Africa currently they are the best but sometimes situations can change which sometimes is mind-boggling. This is football, it’s played on the turf…We have relegated ourselves to the background for far too long, we hosted but we couldn’t succeed, we couldn’t even qualify from our group”.
While she acknowledges that Nigeria is one of the best on the continent, Mercy Tagoe Quarcoe believes that football is no more about the names. Rather it is a “big-time business” that everyone is investing and believes Ghana can defeat its counterpart in the coming game.
The draw for the qualifiers was held at CAF Headquarters in Cairo on Monday with the two West African giants facing each other in the WAFU Zone B.
The winner of the first-round tie between Nigeria and Ghana will face Niger or Cote d’Ivoire in the second round.
The AWCON, which will be hosted by Morocco, will also serve as a qualifier for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup which will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.