Yeah I wrote it! What would Ireland do? Or rather, what have the done.
The past 24 months have gone underneath the radar for your casual observers. But The Republic of Ireland under the stewardship of Stephen Kenny are on an upward trend. With notable performances against Portugal and Serbia having raised hopes for the boys in green.
The Republics last World Cup appearance was in 2002 (South Korea and Japan). Where rolly polly’s and gun finger salutes were all the rage. Robbie Keane’s trademark celebration.
But a lot of time has passed between now and then, and their previous World Cup appearance in ‘94.
The Republic of Ireland are no longer playing direct to the big man—and have adopted a new style under Stephen Kenny.
Previous generations have made their country proud by punching above their weight. Shocking the likes of Italy in ‘94, and eliminating The Netherlands in qualification for 2002.
The folklore runs deep! They made it difficult for the opposition—playing to the their strengths and the oppositions weaknesses.
But now with a new generation—developed under the tiki tika era. The new generation have looked up to Xavi, Iniesta, and now Kevin De Bruyne. The profile of the players they have in comparison to yesteryear is different—and so is football.
I raise The Republic of Ireland because hopefully it’s a great story developing underneath our noses. Stephen Kenny’s history as a coach and manger, but now that they are getting results against the unfancied teams—as well as the big boys. Hopefully it’s the start of something new.
Including Stephen Kenny—a beacon for Irish football, I want to highlight some recent success in Ghanaian football. Women’s football, and for coach Yusif Basigi and Hasaacas Ladies who were finalists in the Women’s Champions League (CAF). A phenomenal achievement in the inaugural tournament.
The girls in green went from the qualifying rounds to finalists.
But what does this mean for Women’s football and for Hasaacas Ladies?
For one, they get the stage they deserve to display their talents. And secondly—financials aside—like many eras gone by, it maybe the start of something special. An opportunity to dominate African football for many years. Beaten finalists maybe, but they won the heart of nation, and put Ghanaian football back on the map.
As with the accendancy of The Republic of Ireland and Stephen Kenny. What would like to see next for the Ladies in green and for womens football?
It’s a drum we’ve beat several times! But for Hasaacas Ladies to push on and create a legacy. Investment in the right places is needed – for immediate support, and for the continuum of our game.
This would, or would be to encourage more girls and women to participate in the sport. To educate and qualify more coaches—not just qualifications. But continued professional development – on topics like philosophy and coaching styles—research methods, technology and more.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. And neither were the foundations put togther by Stephen Kenny’s Ireland and the legendary/legacy sides before us.
Look out for our podcast on the 12th December as we aim to delve further.
For more on womens football, follow @ghanaianwomensfootballers on Instagram as well as @hasaacasladies
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Written by Andrew Mensah-Twumasi @andrewmensahjr (IG/Twitter)
- Ireland Squad (https://www.rte.ie/)
- Robbie Keane (https://extra.ie/)
- Stephen Kenny (https://buzz.ie/)
- 1st Hasaacas Ladies Celebration (https://ghanasoccernet.com/)
- 2nd Hasaacas Ladies Celebration (https://twnews.co.uk/)
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