Ghana’s Black Queens head coach, Mercy Quarcoo-Tagoe, has called for the postponement of this year’s Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) to be staged in the Republic of Congo.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the qualifiers for the competition indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Mercy Quarcoo-Tagoe, with no data to determine when football can return and countries still easing restrictions of their borders it will be prudent for CAF to postpone the tournament.
“Looking at how the world has suffered from the pandemic it will be difficult to hold the AWCON. My girls are psychologically shaken by the pandemic and the situation keeps getting worse”, she told Happy FM.
The former FIFA referee also revealed that it will be difficult to have players in camp anytime soon due to the fear and stigma created by the pandemic
“The girls even fear to visit their friends to even talk about getting them to camps for training.”
The former Halifax Ladies coach proposed also proposed to organizers of the competition to wait and have the tournament when it's safe.
“If we can wait and have the tournament next year to protect the players from contracting the virus, I am for that.”
The Total Africa Women Cup of Nations (known as the African Women's Championship until 2015) is an international women's football competition held every two years and sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).