The 11-0 drubbing Ghana’s Black Queens suffered at the hands of Germany’s Olympic football team, last Friday, serves a good purpose.
That is one conclusion of Leanier Addy, the chairperson of the team’s management committee, who led the team’s contingent to that ill-fated friendly match.
According to her, regardless of the humiliating scoreline, it has helped the Queens identify their strengths and weaknesses as they build up for the 2016 African Women’s Championship (AWC) later, this year.
In an interview with the Graphic Sports on the team’s return from Germany on Tuesday, Miss Addy said:
“Of course, we are all disappointed by the heavy defeat, but at least, it helped us … identify our strength and weakness, and that was a good exercise.”
“Unfortunately, there are no excuses. We lost to a very strong side who have also been preparing for their Olympic Games since January.
“We only trained for just some few days before the trip.
“Irrespective of the embarrassment the scoreline may look, the exposure and chance given the players is immeasurable.
“ At least, the lows and highs will help the coach find the solution to the problems identified.”
Fielding almost the first team, the Queens conceded nine goals in the first half, including an own goal by Cynthia Abobea, with the Germans scoring two more goals in the second half to make it 11-0.
The Germans had used the exercise to round up their preparations off the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. As the Queens returned home, the Germans also headed for Rio.
For the utter disgrace, the official did not disclose how much Germany paid to the Ghana Football Association, on behalf of the nation.
As is their wont, the GFA have not come forth with the amount accruing to the nation, in keeping with their reputation of zero transparency and zero accountability, a disrepute affecting its ability to woo sponsors for the domestic league.
EDITED FROM: ghanaweb.com