Hasaacas ladies midfielder, Lily Niber Lawrence, has been named in a 33-woman Black Queens squad to commence preparations ahead of the upcoming Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) to be hosted by Ghana from November 17 to December 1.
Lily, who was part of the Princesses squad that qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France but missed the tournament due to his age, has been given the opportunity to justify herself ahead of the tournament.
According to a statement signed by Francis Oti-Akenteng, a member of the Liason team, the provisional Black Queens squad will begin residential camping today at the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence at Prampram in Accra.
During the period, Queens coach, Mercy Tagoe Quarcoo, will prune down the squad to 23 players for the championships that will be contested by eight African teams namely Ghana, Algeria, Cameroon, former champions Equatorial Guinea, Mali, South Africa, Zambia and 10-time winners, Nigeria.
The foreign-based contingent are Portia Boakye (Djurgadeus HF Football, Sweden), Priscilla Okyere (ZFK Spartak Subotica, Serbia), Faustina Ampah (FC Minsk, Belarus), Elizabeth Addo (Reign FC, Seattle, USA), Juliet Egyir (Attuklding FC, Iceland), Linda Eshun (Grindavik FC, Iceland) and Markella Suka (Oklahoma Baptist University, USA).
Others players in the squad include Nana Ama Asantewaa, Fafali Dumahisi, Barikisu Issahaku, Ellen Coleman, Priscilla Lartey, Gladys Amfobea, Edem Atorvor, Perpetual Agyekum, Rita Okyere, Linda Addae, Rosemary Ampem, Ellen Ampong, Juliet Acheampong, Ary Essiful, Leticia Zikpi, Mavis Owusu, Diana Wiegbe, Alberta Asante, Ernestina Tetteh, Alice Kusi, Lily Niber Lawrence, Ruth Appiah, Gifty Appiah and Stephanie Appiah.
Coach Tagoe also named experience Immigration Ladies goalkeeper, Patricia Mantey, prolific forward, Jane Ayieyam and seven foreign-based players in a squad that are expected to host and win the AWCON.