2018 Women’s AFCON: Profiling “The Black Queens”, host of the tournament

The Black Queens of Ghana  as host of the 2018 AFCON has been actively preparing with the hope of  grapping the trophy.

The team recently embarked on a  continental tour as part of preparations for the football bonanza.

In the final preparatory match against Bayana Bayana of South Africa the Black Queens got a 1-0 victory.

The Black Queens: past performance

The Black Queens of Ghana is ranked the 47th best female team in the world, third in Africa according to the September 2018 rankings of FIFA.

The team came close to clinging on to the title of the AFCON Women in 1998, 2002 and 2006.

Of the four teams drawn up in Group B, Ghana holds the best World Cup record with three appearances  (1999, 2003 and 2007).

The Squad

Coach Bashir Hayford has named Ghana’s final squad for the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) scheduled to begin November 17- December 1.

The squad is made up of  experienced goalkeepers like Patricia Mantey, Fafali Dumahisi and Nana Ama Asantewaa with Samira Suleman, Priscilla Okyere all names in the squad.

The Black Queens can also boast of strikers including  Diana Ankomah, Leticia Zikpi, Anges Aduako, Samira Suleman and Faiza Ibrahim,  all playing in local clubs.

Philicity Asuako and Grace Asantewaa, who were in Ghana’s team for the 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup have been handed call ups into the senior team for the upcoming tournament.

Final list:


  1. Patricia Mantey
  2. Fafali Dumahisi
  3. Nana Ama Asantewaa
  4. Linda Eshun
  5. Janet Egyir
  6. Cynthia Adobea
  7. Ellen Coleman
  8. Faustina Ampah
  9. Philicity Asuako
  10. Gladys Amfobea
  11. Portia Boakye
  12. Elizabeth Addo
  13. Sherrifatu Sumaila
  14. Grace Asantewaa
  15. Priscilla Okyere
  16. Samira Suleman
  17. Juliet Acheampong
  18. Lily Niber-Lawrence
  19. Mary Essiful
  20. Jane Ayieyam
  21. Alice Kusi


The Black Queens will face Algeria in the Group A opener before taking on Mali and Cameroon in subsequent group matches.

Other matches will be fielded against Cameroon, Mali and Algeria.

Group A is made up of Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia.


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