The Deputy Coach of the Black Queens, Dramani Mash-ud Didi has watered down suggestions that the unpaid bonuses to the team could affect their resolve as the team readies for the 7th African Women's Championship (AWC} commencing in South Africa later this month.

Coach Dramani told GNA Sports in Hanover that the resolve of the team to win the AWC trophy was too strong to be broken by anything that is minute to the glory of annexing the converted trophy.

"We are very determined to return from South Africa with the trophy for the first time. I believe in this team and their character is such that the unpaid bonuses cannot break their spirit and resolve to the extent that their best will be compromised".

The Queens won 4-0 over two legs in the qualifying series against Senegal in May, and the players are grumbling over the unpaid bonuses five months on.

They are entitled to a match bonus of 3000 dollars; meaning players are owed 6000 dollars each as bonuses over the two legs.

Ghana is pitted in Group B alongside defending Champions Equatorial Guinea, Algeria and Cameroon in the two-week biennial fiesta that the two finalists qualifies to the next FIFA World Cup billed for Germany in 2011 and coach Dramani insists the Queens' sight are firmly placed on topping the group and reaching the finals to qualify for the Mundial and winning the title as well.

"What this team has in abundance is the hunger to do the unthinkable and that motivation is burning so strong in their belly that it is almost impossible to break that resolve and zest."

Black Queens walked into a temperature of five degrees in Hanover, Germany on Wednesday to wrap up their preparations towards the African Women's Championship (AWC) in South Africa later this month with Coach Anthony K. Edusei insisting the massive change in weather will test his charges resolve and strength.

Question marks have been raised over the choice of venue for the preparations, especially when the weather in South Africa during the two-week tourney will contrast with the chilling one now in Germany but the Coach says the hallmark of a good team is its ability to adapt when seasons change.

"Every strong team should be able to overcome such things; moreover we can never tell how the weather could be in South Africa," the Coach told GNA Sports in Hanover.

The Queens are in Germany for a ten day training tour and expect to travel to South Africa 72 hours before their Group B opener against Algeria.

Coach Edusei told GNA Sports the choice of Germany as the wrapping-up venue for the Queens was similarly to motivate the team into knowing it is only by picking one of the two World Cup slots for Africa at the AWC that would bring them back to the European country next year.

Ghana is pitted in Group B alongside defending Champions, Equatorial Guinea, Algeria and Cameroon in the two-week biannual fiesta that qualifies the two finalists to the next FIFA World Cup billed for Germany in 2011.

Coach Edusei said the selection of the team's destination was useful in testing the strength of his charges because of the kind of fine-tuning that they require before the Queens begin their campaign in 11 days time.

"The strength of German teams cannot be over emphasized. The quality they have has made them one of the best in football in general and of women's football specifically'.

The team will travel to South Africa on Friday, October 29 ahead of their Group B opener with Algeria on November 2.
GNA


(From Veronica Commey, GNA Special Correspondent in Hanover, Germany)