Sports News of Monday, 31 December 2018
Vice Chairman of the Management Committee for Women’s Senior National team, the Black Queens Salifu Shaibu Zida has disclosed that he wept indoors seeing the team crashed out from the Total Africa Women’s championship.
The Queens following their enigmatic performance to win the WAFU cup in Ivory Coast had believed soared in the team to end the trophyless drought for Ghana when it comes to African cup. However, the Black Queens had to be shown the exit door having claimed 4 points in 3 games in the tournament.
In an exclusive interview with Footballghana.com, Salifu Shaibu Zida, Upper East RFA Chairman, revealed that it was the toughest news he failed to hold on, giving him no option than to lock himself up and share tears in his room.
“It was a tough moment for me, as the vice chairman of the team I was very sad and had to go in my room the very day they[Black Queens] exited. “There was nothing I could do than to share tears,” he said.
“Because I remember when we travelled to Ivory Coast for the WAFU, chairperson [Leanier Addy] and I had a thorough discussion on how to strategize when we come back to play the AWCON and for a very long time qualify to the world cup”.” But all that went waste”.
The defunct GFA ExCO member in notion blamed the Normalization Committee for the abysmal performance by the team which resulted in their early exit from the tournament as well as denying the West Africa country a ticket to France 2019 for the World Cup.
“This can only be kept at the doorstep of the Normalization Committee for refusing to recognize the management of the team even if they are not allowed close to the team. “Things wouldn’t have gone this way, provided the management committee had been contacted”.
“Most of us knew the secret of the team that kept us rising. As it stands, hope in the Queens are lost”.
The senior women’s team since 2007 had not booked world cup slot despite making three appearances in the tournament. They have represented Ghana ten times in the African Women’s Championship since 1991.