2018 Women's AFCON: Eshun, Egyir in for Queens

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
Defenders Janet Egyir and Linda Eshun have reported for Black Queens duty
Defenders Janet Egyir and Linda Eshun have reported for Black Queens duty

Defenders, Janet Egyir and Linda Eshun have reported for duty with the Ghana's Black Queens, as the foreign-based players invited to prepare for the 2018 Women's Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), have begun arriving in camp.

Egyir, former Hasaacas Ladies star, who was instrumental in the Queens triumph at the inaugural West Africa Football Union (WAFU) competition in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire last February, arrived last Friday and reported straight to camp.

Also, in camp are Linda Eshun and Alice Kusi, two of the players who helped Ghana to their third-place success at the 2016 Women's AFCON in Cameroun. They were all part of the team that attended the draw for the tournament at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel on Sunday.

Elizabeth Addo, who captained the team at Cameroun 2016, also arrived over the weekend, and is also expected to report to camp today after attending to an emergency at home.

Will Samira Suleman make the final cut for the Queens for the 2018 Women's AFCON?

A surprise late call up for the Queens is, Samira Suleman who plays for Afturelding/Fram in Iceland.

Suleman last played for the Queens during the 2016 tournament in Cameroun but her recall is an indication of the eagerness of Coach Bashir Hayford to raise a solid and experienced squad for the challenge ahead during the November 17 to December 1, competition.

The experienced striker, who played for Hasaacas Ladies who was instrumental in the Queens campaign at the 2016 tournament in Cameroun, is expected to arrive alongside the other invited foreign-based players as the Ghana team seek to step up their final preparations.

According to the assistant coach, Mercy Tagoe Quarcoo, the remaining invited players are expected to arrive by November 3, after helping their clubs to play some crucial matches.

While Sandra Owusu-Ansah and Portia Boakye are expected to arrive by October 30,  Priscilla Okyere, Faustina Ampah, Priscilla Eghan (Cyprus), Sherifatu Sumaila (USA's LA Galaxy Orange County) and Wasila Diwura Soale will arrive on November 3.

Most of the players who helped Queens to the WAFU ZOne B victory in Abidjan are expected to make the final squad for the 2018 Women's AFCON

With the date of arrival for the players now confirmed, Coach Hayford is set to forward his provisional squad of 30 players to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) by October 26, as required by the tournament regulations.

The list will eventually be pruned to the final list of 21, for the campaign in Group A, to be based in Accra and which has Algeria, Mali and Cameroun.

The players so far in  the Queens’ camp are:
Goalkeepers: Patricia Mantey (Immigration Ladies), Nana Ama Asantewaa (Police Ladies), Fafali Duhemasi (Police Ladies), Azume Adams

Defenders: Priscilla Lartey (Valued Girls), Gladys Amfobea (LadyStrikers) , Linda Addae (Soccer Intellectuals), Philicity Asuako (Police Ladies), Veronia Darkwa

Midfielders: Perpetual Agyekum (Hasaacas Ladies), Rita Okyere (Prisons Ladies), Ellen Ampong (Sea Lions), Juliet Acheampong (Prisons Ladies), Leticia Zikpi (Immigration Ladies), Alberta Asante (Police Ladies), Grace Asantewaa, Diana Wiege (Halifax Ladies), Elizabeth Owusuaa (Sea Lions)

Forwards: Lily Niber-Lawrence (Hasaacas Ladies), Gifty Appiah (Immigration Ladies), Jane Ayeyiam Akalachiba  (Police Ladies)