Turkish Women’s Cup: Janet Egyir dedicates Best Defender award to team mates, coaches

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Janet Egyir (left) with one of the officials of the tournament

Black Queens resolute defender Janet Nana Ama Egyir believes collective effort from her team mates and coaches enabled her to win the Best Defender award at the 2020 Turkish Women’s Cup which ended on Tuesday at the Starlight Sports Stadium.

In an interview with Graphic Sports Online on Wednesday, the 27-year-old football star noted that without the contributions of her team mates and coaches, she could not have grabbed the accolade expressing appreciation to them.

“I thank God for this award and I dedicate it to my team mates and coaches, both at Hasaacas Ladies and the national team because they all contributed to help me to win it. I couldn’t have done it alone. We all worked together for it so it is for the whole Black Queens team and the coaches,” she said.

Commenting on whether she was surprised for emerging the winner, she said: “I was not so surprised because one of our coaches said it earlier that if there would be an award for Best Defender in the tournament then I would win it. So I was not surprised when they mentioned my name.”

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This is the second time in two years that the Black Queens stalwart defender has won this accolade with the team.

In 2018, the former player of Afturelding Fram in Iceland was recognised as the Best Defender at the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Zone B Women’s Tournament held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

She was part of the team that participated in the 2018 CAF Women’s AFCON hosted by Ghana as well as a member of Ghana’s squad at the 2014 African Women's Championship held in Namibia.

Janet Egyir in action

Ghana Ghana finished in second place with six points after losing 3-0 to Chile in their Group B opening match, defeating Northern Ireland 4-0 before battering Kenya 3-1 in their last group game.

Chile emerged overall champions in terms of goal difference over Hungary.

The countries which participated in the seven-day tournament were Romania, Hungary, Venezuela and Hong Kong (in Group A) and Chile, Kenya, Northern Ireland and Ghana (in Group B).