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Ex-Black Queens captain Adjoa Bayor blames technical team for Olympic Games failure

By Vincent Ashitey
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Ex-captain of the Black Queens of Ghana Adjoa Bayor has put the blame at the doorstep of the technical team for Ghana's failure to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Ghana's hope of making a maiden appearance at the Olympic Games was crashed on Tuesday after the 1-0 defeat to Harambee Starlets of Kenya in the second leg of Tokyo 2020 qualifier at the MISC Kasarani Stadium.

Following the goalless draw game at the Accra Sports Stadium last Friday, Black Queens needed a scoring draw or a victory to progress to the next fourth round of the qualify but an extra-time goal courtesy Genitrix Shikangwa saw Kenya qualify on a 1-0 aggregate. 

Sharing her thought on the team’s defeat in an interview with Happy FM, Adjoa Bayor has explained that inexperience played a key role, coupled with the failure of the coach to blend the ageing players with youthful one's.

“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”.

The 2003 African Women Footballer of the Year further implored coach Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo to embark on a scouting tour in order to get new additions to beef up the team.

“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”.

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