Black Maidens star honoured

Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (second right) with Anima

Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (second right) with Anima

Newly installed ‘Nkosuohemaa’ (Development queen) of Akyem Asoum in the Eastern Region, Obaapanyin Abena Bema Oforiwaa Gyankobaa has congratulated Black Maidens winger Grace Animah for her sterling performance at the just ended FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.

Animah, who hails from Akyem Asoum was one of the star performers for the Black Maidens at the tournament, winning one Most Valuable Player award, scoring a goal and providing a handful of assists as the team reached the quarter-finals stage.

Interacting with the player in her office on Monday, Obaapanyin Oforiwaa Gyankobaa, known in private life as Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, who doubles as the Minister of Communication said she watched with joy the exploits of the girls, and was particularly enthused by the play of Animah.

“Her performance and that of the whole team held me glued to my television set anytime the team played but little did I know she hails from a town under my jurisdiction. I, therefore, requested to meet her to congratulate her and encourage her to build on that success and honour her.”

According to her, Animah did not only make Ghana proud with her performance but also the whole of the Akyem Asoum community and encouraged the youth in the Akyem Asuom community to continue to persevere in their respective fields.

She said the Black Maidens performed creditably at the tournament and made Ghana very proud, adding that, “They deserve our commendations. I urge you all to learn the lessons from the experience gained to guide you in future events.”

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful rewarded her with an undisclosed cash amount and promised to be her number one fan and monitor her progress.

Responding, Animah expressed her gratitude to the Communication Minister who she described as a role model, saying that, ‘the request to meet me alone was enough encouragement to me.”

She said more girls would be committed and attracted to football if a lot more of the elite in society would extend such courtesies to them and the after effects will be a rapid growth of the women’s game.

BY RAYMOND ACKUMEY

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