I haven’t been a keen follower of women’s football until the last few weeks when Hasaacas Ladies started their campaign in the inaugural CAF Women’s Champions League in Egypt. Their brilliant show in the opening games and the outpour of positive reviews kept me glued to this lovely Ghanaian female team.
Hasaacas Ladies have not only reinforced the view that they are truly the QUEENS of women’s football in Ghana. They have additionally established the fact their dominance is here no fluke. They’ve taken on Africa, scored beautiful goals, beaten some of the best teams on the continent; showing class, grit and determination to hoist Ghana’s flag.
But they’ve an unfinished business. They’ve been excellent but Hasaacas Ladies must go for the ultimate. They must put the icing on the cake today. They have to keep the smiles on our faces when they face the Sundowns Ladies in final to complete their task. It’s not beyond them. They must do it.
This is an assignment they must accomplish. I take nothing away from their South African opponent. Sundowns Ladies reached the final also on merit just as Hasaacas Ladies. Achievements, pedigree, statistics, track-record, current form, etc. often amount to nothing in football if you don’t win.
Yet as pundits, these are the elements used to determine which team is likely to be victorious or the vanquished side. On that score, a lot of things favour Hasaacas Ladies. They’re four-time winners of the Ghana Women’s Premier League; Sundowns Ladies have done that it three times back home.
Both teams won their subregional tourneys; Hasaacas Ladies in the WAFU Zone B and Sundowns Ladies in the COSAFA. In terms of experience, however, Hasaacas Ladies have been in the women’s football business since 2003 – six long years before their Sundowns Ladies was birthed.
In Egypt, Hasaacas Ladies have been scoring with Evelyn Badu being the competition’s top scorer with five goals. Interestingly, Sundowns Ladies scored just two goals in their runup to the final. That gives clearer insights into strength of both sides – attack for Hasaacas Ladies and defence for Sundowns.
Coaches Yusif Basigi and Jerry Tshabalala have the duty to direct affairs as they’ve done on the road to the final. My wish is that, Coach Basigi comes out as the champion and Hasaacas Ladies’ resolve to helping grow the women’s game in Ghana all these years would’ve been properly acknowledged.