Women’s football is not only having an impact and shaping the game in football globally, but shaping society. Having participated in two World Cup tournaments and the Olympic Games. Ghanaian’s have been at the forefront of some historic milestones nationwide, and internationally. Being an example, and paving the way for future generations with some of the following icons and players.
The talented forward Rachel Yankey. A Legend at Arsenal Football Club and represented three lionesses – The England national team.
•129 caps & 19 goals for England between 1997 – 2013
•Represented Great Britain in the 2012 Olympic Games
•7x National Premier League winner w/Arsenal
•2x WSL Winner
•11x FA Cup Winner
•7x Premier League Cup Winner
•Appointed MBE & OBE for services to football.
The Olympian, Anita Asante, has represented England 70 times. Decorated in her achievement in club football, following an amazing Quadruple in 2007 (UEFA cup, League, League cup and FA cup with Arsenal) Anita Asante’s honours include –
•UEFA Women’s Cup with Arsenal in 2007
•FA Women’s Cup with Arsenal in 2004, 2006, 2007 & 2008
•FA Women’s National Premier League with Arsenal 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 & 2008
•FA Women’s Premier League Cup with Arsenal in 2005, 2005 & 2007
•Svenska Cupen with Göteborg in 2012
•Svenska Supercupen with Göteborg in 2013
•Svenska Cupen with FC Rosengård in 2016
•Svenska Supercupen with FC Rosengård in 2016 & 2017
Eunice Beckmann, with a profile to envy having played in multiple countries with Bayern Munich, FC Basel, Boston Breakers to name a few. Eunice has an eye for goal. Not only great player Beckmann is one of UEFA’s official ambassadors for #WePlayStrong.
•German Cup winner 2009–10 with Duisburg
•Bundesliga winner in 2014–15 & 2015–16 with FC Bayern Munich
•European Championships in 2011 with Germany (U19’s).
Alberta Sackey, crowned the 2002 African Women’s Footballer of the Year. She played for Ghana at the 1999 & 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Alberta Sackey remains one of Ghana’s most celebrated female footballers with her goal against Australia in the 2003 World Cup nominated by FIFA for the greatest goals in Women’s World Cup history.
Mavis Appiah. At age 27, she’s led DC United to a successful spell in Ghana’s second tier. And in following her success, made the leap across the pond to Canada to manage Ostec Academy. The Kumasi-born coach is changing perceptions in Ghana and determined to make her mark in the men’s game. “My philosophy has always been to be ambitious and aim for the top. If I do that, I will always be able to hold my head up high.”
Adjoa Bayor, the 2003 African Women’s Footballer of the Year captained Ghana, and was part of Black Queens team at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup in the United States. Adjoa Bayor remains one of Ghana’s most celebrated female footballers having represented Ghana on 33 occasions.
Christina Ellertson is former professional who represented the United States women’s national team 34 times and featured in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Ellertson previously played for Seattle Sounders of the W-League, Magic Jack, Saint Louis Athletica & Atlanta Beat in the WPS. Christina was selected for the 2009 All-Star team, and was nominated for WPS’s Defender of the Year award.
Memunatu Sulemana arguably the best goalkeeper the female game has produced in the country. Memunatu Sulemana represented the Black Queens at the 1999, 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cups. And at the 2003, 2005, and 2007 Africa Women’s Championship.
Janet Egyir. A full international Egyir plays her football in Iceland for Afturelding/Fram. A part of the WAFU Women’s Cup success in 2018 where she was the MVP of the tournament.
Ernestina Abambila became one of the youngest debutants for the Ghanaian women’s national side at the age of 18, when she featured against France in 2017. She is also the first Ghanaian to score in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.
Born in Ghana with a cultured left foot. Portia Boakye is Ghana’s most capped female player. Portia Boakye has played in multiple countries with Trabzon İdmanocağı, Ferencvárosi TC, and Östersunds DFF but to name a few clubs. Her honours include –
•All African Games 2015 Gold Medal with Ghana
•Africa Women Cup of Nations 2016 Bronze Medal with Ghana.
•2016 Ghana’s Sport Writers Association player of the year award, best female.
•WAFU Women’s Cup 2018 Gold Medal and top scorer with Ghana
Samira Suleman. An ambassador by World Vision International, Samira rose to prominence in playing for the Hasaacas Ladies in Ghana. Nominated by the Sports Writers Association in 2016. Samira Suleman has been a part of the international scene since 2010.
The prolific Mukarama Abdulai, captained Ghana’s squad during the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay, where she won the Golden Boot for her tournament-best seven goals. Scoring a hat-trick in the first match against the tournament hosts. Winner of the Bronze Ball. Phenomenal!
Mercy Tagoe played a pivotal role in the historic Black Queens side that qualified for their first ever FIFA World Cup in 1999. She also made history for herself by becoming the first ever Ghanaian female Coach to win a trophy. Mercy Tagoe lead the Black Queens team to win the maiden edition of the WAFU Women’s Cup of Nations tournament in Cote d’Ivoire in 2018 after beating the host nation by a lone goal to clinch the ultimate. She had previously made history as the first Ghanaian female referee to officiate at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2007.