The senior female national team, the Black Queens, is set to start camping to finalise preparations ahead of the African Women Championships (AWC), slated for Cameroon.
The Queens, qualified for the championship after walloping their Tunisian counterparts 6-1 on aggregate to make it to the tournament in Cameroon from November 19 to December 3, 2016.
In an exclusive interview with GNA Sports, Head Coach of the Queens, Yussif Basigi, said “We will be going to camp on September 7, at the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence, to start serious preparations ahead of the championship.
“Before we start our endurance and conditioning the players will be screened and checked medically to ensure they are fit,” he stated.
The confident coach Basigi, further noted that 25 players will be invited to camp, which will be a blend of the young ones that graduated from the U-20 team and the older ones.
“We are going to have some of the U-20 players, who played in the friendly with Germany on board to blend with the older players. Some of the young lads are going to play in the world cup so I will have the ones that have passed the age bracket to compete for a place in the senior team.”
According to Coach Basigi, a total of nine foreign based players will join the team at camp in early October to be assessed before the final team is selected to leave Ghana.
“We can only set a target when the team is in shape, but for now we can’t set a target that will make us over ambitious, we will be cautious until the players assemble to see their conditions.”
“But in any case we will like to get to the semis before we think of any other thing,” he said.
Egypt, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana will join host Cameroon for the championship.