THE former head coach of the Black Queens, Oko Aryee, says women’s football in the country has improved tremendously since its inception and he is happy about the development so far.
He noted that women’s football in the country had become a force to reckon with as the successes chalked were evident for all to see – pointing to the recent bronze medal won by the Black Maidens at this year’s FIFA Women U-17 World Cup held in Azerbaijan.
According to him, most women are now interested in playing football as compared to the early days when they shied away from the game “and that explains why they are doing well in the game.”
“Women are now playing football every where across the country and are not shy to make the world know about it.” he noted.
He made this assertion in an interview with Times Sports on Tuesday.
With this desire to play football budding up in women, the former Queens coach has called on the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to do all that it could to tap into this strong desire in women who are yearning to be part of the sport.
Coach Aryee believes this will encourage the women not to divert the passion they have for football into other unprofitable endeavours but rather use it to project the good opportunities in women’s football.
He again urged the FA to give women’s football the necessary support so that it can be at par with men’s football in the country.
To make female football to be at par with their counterparts, coach Aryee advised the GFA to organize friendly matches for the women’s national teams just as how it is been done for the male teams to build up the confidence of the women.
This, he hopes, will also boost the playing skills in the women and enable the coaches to identify the basic errors committed by them.
“When these errors are noticed, it can be corrected quickly and then rectified before any big tournament is played,” he added.
Without enough playing time, he said, footballers cannot improve upon their playing skills, and thus called on stakeholders in women’s football to organize a vacation training session for the ladies “which would build them up, foster cohesiveness among them and improve upon their playing abilities.
He applauded the idea of women’s league in the country and said it was a step in the right direction but quickly called on the GFA to support the teams financially “since they would be touring the entire nation to play against their opponents.”
Coach Oko Aryee also called on the management of the 12 teams that would be participating in the first ever women’s league to make a passionate appeal to corporate bodies for the necessary support.