Tokyo 2020 qualifiers: Adwoa Bayor believes inexperience caused Black Queens defeat to Kenya

Published on: 09 October 2019

Ghana women’s football legend, Adjoa Bayor has opined that lack of experienced players in the setup of the current Black Queens team caused their defeat to Kenya on Tuesday.

Ghana was hoping to progress in the qualifiers to enhance their chances of making it to the upcoming Olympic Games in Japan.

Following a goalless draw game in the first leg, the team lost 1-0 to their counterpart from Kenya in the return fixture which was played at the Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi yesterday.

The Black Queens have thus been eliminated from the qualifiers and will miss out on the Olympic Games for the third consecutive time.

Sharing her thought on the team’s failure in an interview with Happy FM, Adjoa Bayor has explained that inexperience played a key role.

“I am saddened by the Black Queens defeat. The defeat was here because I noticed that the players didn’t play their hearts out for the nation.

“Most of the players are inexperienced so clearly you could see that they are not matured enough to play for the Queens”, the former Black Queens captain shared.

She added, “I blame the technical team because they should have blended the youth with the experienced ones but these young players are not mentally up there to play for the senior team”.

“I don’t know why Elizabeth Addo wasn’t invited for the game. They always say that a player doesn’t respect because they stand up for their rights such things happened during our time. Apart from her, we have a lot of matured and experienced players who can help the team”.

She further urged coach Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo to embark on a scouting tour to the various regions and look for experience players to augment the current squad.

“The coach should go to the regions and select new players who are experienced and matured to blend with the current ones and prepare for the AWCON qualifiers”.