Black Queens new coach not fazed by task ahead

By Rachael Ugiagbe

Newly appointed head coach of Ghana’s senior women football team, Maswud Didi Dramani is optimistic of meeting the expectations of his employers after being handed the position.

Dramani, a renowned coach in women’s soccer in Ghana, replaces Yusif Basigi who left his role for an attachment program in Serbia after guiding the Black Queens to a third-place finish at the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The former Kotoko handler is not bothered by the tough task ahead of him, having previously worked as assistant of the national team. And he has also coached both Ghana’s U17 and U20 female sides.

“The Queens job is not about only one person but an inclusive work…there is the need to rebrand their level, with the transition of the junior teams,” Dramani said on Ghana News Agency.

“Some of them have graduated and have had stints at the Azerbaijan tournament, so there is the need to blend them well to get a formidable team for the future.

“The team needs quality coaching and quality matches to help them live up to expectation in the upcoming tournament.

“I always try to do my best…but not without the support of a committed backroom staff, who will understand the principles, ideologies and philosophies I am bringing on board.

“The players need to also understand what is at stake, the objectives that need to be organized and achieved, as well as the support from all stake holders,” he added.

Dramani made history after he led Ghana’s U17 female football team Black Maidens to winning bronze at the 2012 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan.

His first assignment as coach of Black Queens will be to prepare the team for the 2018 AWCON where Ghana will be playing hosts of the continental championship.

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