Women’s football has been on the rise all around the world and it is quite evident in the increased coverage of women’s matches and competitions.
In Ghana, women’s football is not that strongly pushed and their game is in need of a huge injection. The GFA must work harder to promote and develop the female game as many females are interested but do not know how to join.
But in all this, some women are making huge strides in making things better.
25 year-old Mavis Anane Appiah, head coach of lower league side DC United in Brong Ahafo Region, is a shining light for women in football in Ghana.
It sounds really refreshing and she is bent on making her mark in Ghana.
She is well-educated too and she is prepared for the rough-and-tumble world of coach.
She is of the 2016 graduating class at the University of Education, Winneba. BSc Education. Coaching Licence C.
She says in the ideal situation, she should not be making the headlines because female coaches have become part of football.
“This is only news in Ghana because when you go to the foreign countries, women are part of football. I do not think this is that much of a big deal.
For me, it is all about outwitting your opponents on the pitch and getting the work done. If you have that, you can coach any team.”
Before Appiah moved to providing guidance from the dugout, she played in her primary school, senior high school and university in the GUSA Games but she found her ‘calling’ to coach and she has not looked back.
It is very common for new-age coaches to point to Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho or the late Sir Cecil Jones Attuquayefio as their role models but Appiah has enormous reverence for former Asante Kotoko head coach, Mas-Ud Dramani.
She speaks of him in very hallowed terms and she is very appreciative of his words of wisdom.
“Didi Dramani always gives me wisdom and guidance. If I face any challenges in my work, he always helps me out. He will always be my mentor.”
But how is she received by her players? Is she intimidated? Are they apprehensive?
Appiah reveals that knowledge of one’s area of work eliminated all barriers and her competence places her in a position of power and respect.
On Monday, March 27, Mavis and her charges face Kintampo FC in the MTN FA Cup preliminary round and even before the match, she is exhibiting the tendencies all top coaches need. Confidence.
She believes she can win the match and progress to the next round.
“I admit that I do not know a lot about the opponent but that does not bother me. I want to get the victory.”
Mavis Appiah is aiming for the big time and she is not waiting for some distant time in the future to get her laurels. She wants to win them as soon as possible and she is eyeing the MTN FA Cup.
From Sammy Heywood Okine