Abantu for Development, an NGO has congratulated the Black Queens for their Gold winning feat in the just ended All African Games in Congo, Brazzaville.
“We wish to congratulate the Black Queens of Ghana for their successful participation in the just ended 2015 All African Games in Brazzaville, Congo. We are particularly excited about this because of their trailblazing role as the first women‘s football team to earn a gold medal for the country. This was achieved in spite of the abysmal and disorganized national preparation and support provided by the authorities” they stated.
They also expressed dismay by the impasse currently going on about their financial settlement due them.
“It is said that they have not received any bonuses for the various qualifying matches they have played. This is totally unacceptable given the honor and sacrifice they have made to bring pride to the nation.
“We have witnessed the high profile approach the nation accords to football games played by our male compatriot and the urgency and volume of monies expended to them. While we appreciate our male footballers and encourage the nation to continue treating them as national heroes, we demand similar treatment of our Queens” it stressed.
It urged the authorities concerned to act swiftly to redeem themselves and the nation from ridicule and gender discrimination by honouring the Queens; paying all financial commitments due them; and developing a long term strategic framework to promote equality of treatment in football in Ghana.
Abantu also called on policy makers in sports to fundamentally work towards transforming the whole system of football in Ghana, to promote justice and inclusiveness.