Mercy Tagoe opens on challenges as female coach in Ghana

Published on: 22 May 2020

Black Queen trainer Mercy Quarcoo-Tagoe has opened up on some challenges she faces as a female coach in Ghana.

The 42-year-old led Ghana twice to WAFU Zone B glories (Gold in 2018 and Bronze medal in 2019). She recently led the team to another feat in Turkey where Ghana finished second in the 2020 Turkish Women’s Cup invitational tournament.

She currently combines her work as a coach, a mother, and a member of the National Fire Service.

"There have been many challenges, especially as a woman and a first-timer. There are still people who are yet to accept the fact that women have the quality to coach top teams," she told

"I don’t begrudge them because they have their reasons. I believe that when you are learning on the job, it’s easier since more time equals more experience. To get here, it has been hard work because I didn’t seek favours.

"Another challenge is being a wife and a mother, as well as my employers (Ghana National Fire Service). The challenges are numerous, but I don’t personally like talking about them.

"I rather see them as motivational elements to work harder and prove to the doubters that I can really do the job."