Women U-20 team appeals for support ahead of World Cup

WomenManagement member of the national Under-20 Women’s team, Evelyn Nsiah Asare, has called on corporate entities to come to their aid as the team prepares for the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament in Papua New Guinea.

According to her, management has had several meetings with the Minister for Youth and Sports, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, but were yet to receive any positive feedback from his outfit.

She noted that management was supposed to meet the minister on Tuesday “but we keep receiving excuses from the sector ministry.”

“I dont think the minister would have turned a deaf ear to us if his daughter or relative was to be part of the playing body.”

Speaking on an Accra-based TV station (UTV) yesterday, she appealed to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Sports to intervene and put things in order.

She added that the women team has always come under criticisms from people, especially radio and Tv Sports presenters if they under-performed in tournaments; “so there is a need to prepare well so as to win something for the nation.”

“The tourney is starting on November 15 and the team is scheduled to camp in Australia for three weeks and move to Papua New Guinea since its close from there.

“We have not played a single friendly match which is not a good thing as far as preparation is concerned”, she added.

She said most of the tickets have been purchased and if for any reason the required number is not guaranteed, “it will slow down preparations which means we have to start all again.”

Ghana’s women’s Under-20 team have been drawn in Group C alongside five-time champions and  favourites United States, France and New Zealand.

 

By Albert Agyeman

 

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