Women’s Football Festival: “I’m not sure I’m worse than José Mourinho” – Police Ladies coach

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Battle of the Security agencies (Army Ladies Vs Police Ladies) will take place at the prestigious University of Ghana stadium to decide who clinches the 2023/24 Women’s FA Cup on Saturday, June 8.

This will be the first final of the Women’s Football Festival, Legon 24, which will be followed by Ampem Darkoa Ladies and Hasaacas ladies, who will compete for the Women’s Premier league trophy at 7pm.

In a presser held at the Ghana Football Association conference room, graced by GFA President Kurt Okraku, head coach of Police Ladies Fc (Tabasu Abu Kassim) passionately defended his touchline antics, comparing his fervor to that of legendary managers like José Mourinho and Antonio Conté.

He also assured Ghanaians of a spectacular game at the University of Ghana stadium

People say I’m too wild. I’m very wild on the touchline; that is one aspect of me. For me as a coach, when I’m on the touchline it’s different. As soon as I exit the pitch, I’m completely different. When I’m coaching, different character. On police duty, different. At home, different character. I’m not sure I’m worse than José Mourinho or Diego Simeone, or even Jurgen Klopp. I also think Antonio Conté is even worse than all of us combined, but that’s my passion. I became a coach because I love football, didn’t have the opportunity to play. Football lives in me, so I give everything, he said

“I want to assure Ghanaians that this will be a very big victory for Ghana Women Football, everybody should come to the stadium and watch spectacular game. It’s going to be a game of two forces, but we are two brothers or sisters. When Army wins, I’ll celebrate with them. When I win, I trust they’ll celebrate with me, because in the end, we are class as one (security personnels),” He added

Police Ladies’ midfielder Alberta Asante expressed the team’s readiness for the crucial tie

“On behalf of myself and the playing body, we have prepared intensively for this match and we believe that hopefully we are going to beat Army ladies. Inshallah !”, She exclaimed

Ahead of the highly anticipated match, assistant coach of Army Ladies, Benedictus Wusawyer Abane, stressed that a coach’s worth isn’t solely determined by victory or defeat

The judgement of the best coach of the day doesn’t depend the coach wins or lose. It’s the technical team or directorate, who judges that. If we lose, it doesn’t mean our coach is bad. We might play a very good game but the end of the day we lost. It might be minor mistakes, so it doesn’t mean you losing makes the coach very bad. It is just like going to war, you might be very swift but you’ll go in and then they take you by surprise, he said.

Police Ladies, who won the championship in 2016, are striving for their second title, while the Army Ladies, appearing in the final for the first time, are determined to secure the prestigious trophy for the first time in their history.


Story by : Gabriel Tecco Mensah | univers.ug.edu.gh

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