Coach of Ghana’s U-20 women national team has hailed the impact of CAF’s Women Champions League on the country’s domestic Women League.
Yussif Basigi says the competitiveness of Ghana’s Women League is a result of the players’ zeal to qualify their teams for the CAF Women Champions League.
Ghana’s maiden Women’s Premier League season has been a success halfway into the campaign with clubs displaying scintillating performances and lying close to each other on the log.
Speaking to ghanasportspage.com, Basigi, who doubles as coach of Premier League side, Hasaacas Ladies says the development is because players want to qualify their clubs to the continent’s elite female inter-club competition.
“I think the introduction of the CAF Women’s Champions League was really helpful and contributed a lot to the performance of our Women’s Premier League players during the first round,” opines Basigi.
“The players now have something to play for and are eager to help their various teams to win the league title and qualify for what now is the biggest club football competition for women football clubs and players in Africa.”
Despite the league taking off to a good start, the intensity reduced after the Corona Virus outbreak, but Basigi thinks players have overcome the psychological effects of the deadly novel global pandemic.
“Initially the Covid-19 pandemic had some effects on the players because it looked so scary but along the line, the CAF package overshadowed the fear of the pandemic and raised the standard of play,” he concluded.
By Esther Osei (GSP1 MEDIA)