Black Queens coach Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo has defended her decision to leave out captain of Hasaacas Ladies Perpetual Agyekum in her provisional 30-man squad for the WAFU Zone B Nations Cup.
Despite emerging as the overall top scorer in the just ended GFA NC Special Competition with nine goals, Perpetual was curiously missing from the list.
Speaking to the media after the announcement of her squad, Mercy Tagoe explained the reason behind her decision.
”Perpetual scored nine goals, Six was through a penalty and three were through free kicks, yes, they are all goals, but if she is on the bench and we have a free kick, will she come from the bench to score and go back ?,” she told the press.
”Football is about totality, not about specializing in one area and looking at the age, she is grown, but it would be appropriate to add the top scorer but what is she coming to add to team?
”It’s not about favoritism or nepotism because it is not me, but rather Ghana.”
This year’s WAFU will be held in Ivory Coast on May 8.
Hosts Cote d’Ivoire are pooled in Group A alongside Niger, Senegal and Benin Republic for the second edition of the tournament.
While in Group A, defending champions Ghana will face Mali, reigning African queens Nigeria and Guinea.