Tony Baffoe pleased with AWCON 2018 competition

Anthony Baffour

Anthony Baffour

Former Ghana international, Anthony Baffoe, the Deputy General Secretary of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), has applauded the level of competitiveness displayed at the ongoing African Women’s Cup of Nations.

The competition which has traditionally been dominated by Nigeria’s Super Falcons has already witnessed some upsets, most notably hosts Ghana exiting at the group stage, as well as Banyana Banyana’s shock opening day victory over Nigeria.

Forty three goals have been scored so far at the tournament bringing the average goals per game to 3.5.

According to Mr Baffoe, who also served as the General Coordinator for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the gulf in quality between the teams has been much close in this year’s edition as compared to previous editions.

“To be honest I am very impressed with the level of football that has been played here at the current edition of the Women’s AFCON. Nigeria was always far ahead, and I think the gap has been closed,” he said.

Meanwhile, Black Stars B coach Maxwell Konadu has stated the need to have active football back in the country.

The former Asante Kotoko gaffer led the Black Stars B for a friendly in Namibia which Ghana lost 4-1 on penalties after playing 1-1 in regulation time.

The soft-spoken coach believes lack of active football in the country has affected the local based players and that reflected in their performance.

“We need to play football, we need to play our league and all the domestic competitions because the boys are just there doing nothing,” he said.

“We have some very good players at home but because their teams are not active we couldn’t involve them in this exercise so we plead with the authorities to ensure we play football as soon as possible.”

Ghana Football is being managed by a Normalisation Committee set up by FIFA after the erstwhile football association executive committee was disbanded due to an expose into football corruption in Ghana. – Citinewsroom

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