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'I nearly hanged my boots, but...' - Female footballers respond to GFA, YEA initiative

Published on: 03 July 2020

Female footballers in the Women's League have responded positively to the Ghana Football Association and the Youth Employment Agency intervention. 

The FA partnered the YEA to enroll female footballers on the youth initiative, with the players receiving a stipend of GHC 500 monthly till the end of the year.

The decision was taken following the cancellation of the football season.

Abigail Tawiah Mensah of Halifax ladies revealed she nearly quit because of the lack of support, but for the intervention she changed her mind.

Other players including national team winger Priscilla Okyere praised the FA and the YEA.

Below are responses from the players, they spoke to the Ghana Football Association's communications team.


Priscilla Okyere – Ampem Darkoa Ladies

On behalf of Ampem Darkoa Ladies, I want to extend our gratitude to the Ghana Football Association and also to the government for this initiative for women’s footballers in Ghana.

“As the Coronavirus lingers on, everything is on hold for now with no training and sometimes it is difficult to feed ourselves. When we need something, we have to go to our Team Managers and it’s a bit tedious as well.

“We want to thank the President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo and the President of the GFA, Kurt E.S Okraku and the Executive Council for this wonderful opportunity that they have given us. We hope and pray that this wonderful gesture will be extended after the six-month duration.”

Abigail Tawiah Mensah – Halifax Ladies

“It is not easy for women football players because we haven’t gotten that much attention so for receiving this package, I’m very excited.

“Personally, it got to a point that I decided to hang my boots but I think with this, the future is bright and I pray for more to come.”

Ruth Appiah – Police Ladies

“I am really excited about this news because we have been waiting for it for a long time. Women football in Ghana has no sponsorship deals for the teams so this package will help a lot of players especially those who take care of their homes.

“I think this is enough, for now, to aid us to provide some small, small basic necessities for our parents and siblings.”

Faustina Kyereme – Immigrations Ladies

“I have heard about the package and am glad. Ever since women football started, we have not heard any such news, it will help us in so many ways.

“I can get my boots and training stuff easily. I don’t depend on anyone for survival so it will also relieve me of some burden and motivate us to do more.

“All I can say to the Youth Employment Agency and the Ghana Football Association is that just as Oliver Twist, we are asking for more and we pray that greater ones come from them. God richly bless them.”

Gifty Acheampong - Samaria Ladies

“We are most grateful and we appreciate what the Ghana Football Association has done. This even shows that the Association has us at heart.

“This will motivate me a lot because I know that as a player, what I’m doing is been appreciated and I will work harder.

“To the Ghana football Association, I will say women football is most grateful and happy for what you are doing for us. We thank you for having us in mind.”

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