For more than two decades, Ghana's national womens football teams have brought praise and glory to the country both at the continental and international level.
Unfortunately, however, major sporting stakeholders have been unwilling or unable to match the women's significant contributions to football with actual resources. The number of activities bolstering womens football in Ghana promoted by these stakeholders total zero.
Nobody has stood up to rescue womens football from the doldrums and take it to the level expected from a state that boasts a proud football history.
But now, that is about to change.
There is some reason for optimism because womens football is about get its due recognition.
The Ministry of Sports is set to unveil Nana Aba Anamoah and Sandra Ankobiah as women'sfootball ambassadors on Thursday at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra at 10pm. The renowned broadcaster and popular lawyer have been tasked with increasing awareness and popularity as well asraising funds for the women's football with their personal brand, wide variety of corporate contacts and wealth of media experience.
Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, also added that having the two ambassadors will help promote the various womens teams, saying thatassociating with Nana Aba and Sandra Ankobiah will raise the profile of our national womens teams."
Anamoah expressed joy at having the platform to provide unique insight into the opportunities that are available in womens football. "My ambition is that one day womens football will be as big as the mens game. It takes a lot of hard work and determination. If I can help develop women’s football with my desire and experience, it would be simply beautiful.
"Just being able to sit on the couch when Im older and know that in my role as an ambassador I played a small part in pushing womens football in Ghana forward will be satisfaction enough.
"I am very honoured to an ambassador," said Sandra Ankobiah, the former TV host, addingthat "the women’s game has grown in small patches in the past few years. There’s so much that can be done to develop it further. With this appointment, I hope I can make that significant contribution."
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