For more than two decades, Ghana’s national women’s football teams have brought praise and glory to the country both at the continental and international level.
Unfortunately, however, major sporting stakeholders have been unwilling or unable to match the women’s significant contributions to football with actual resources. The number of activities bolstering women’s football in Ghana promoted by these stakeholders total zero. Nobody has stood up to rescue women’s football from the doldrums and take it to the level expected from a state that boasts a proud football history.
But now, that is about to change. There is some reason for optimism because women’s football is about get its due recognition.
The Ministry of Sports is set to unveil Nana Aba Anamoah and Sandra Ankobiah as women’s’ football ambassadors on Thursday at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra at 10am. The renowned broadcaster and popular lawyer have been tasked with increasing awareness and popularity and raising funds for the women’s football with their personal brand, wide variety of corporate contacts and wealth of media experience.
Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, also added that having the two ambassadors will help promote the various women’s teams. “Associating with Nana Aba and Sandra Ankobiah will raise the profile of our national women’s teams.”
Nana Aba Anamoah expressed joy at having the platform to provide unique insight into the opportunities that are available in women’s football. “My ambition is that one day women’s football will be as big as the men’s game. It takes a lot of hard work and determination. If I can help develop women’s football with my desire and experience, it would be simply beautiful. Just being able to sit on the couch when I’m older and know that in my role as an ambassador I played a small part in pushing women’s football in Ghana forward will be satisfaction enough.”
“I am very honoured to an ambassador,” said Sandra Ankobiah, the former TV host, also added. “The women’s game has grown in small patches the past few years. There’s so much that can be done to develop it further. With this appointment, I hope I can make that significant contribution.”
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