Black Queens Dramani, Tagoe to take charge of Ghana's senior female national team

The former Kotoko coach and the former FIFA referee will be managing the Black Queens going forward

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play Mas-Ud Didi Dramani (L) and Mercy Tagoe (R)
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Mas-Ud Didi Dramani has been appointed coach of the Black Queens, Ghana's senior female national team.

The former Asante Kotoko coach will be assisted Mercy Tagoe.

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Dramani, 51, coached Ghana's U-17 women's team, the Black Maidens, to bronze medals at the 2012 World Cup in Azerbaijan. A former footballer, he also managed giants Kotoko to two league titles and an FA Cup between 2012 and 2015.

play Didi Dramani, the new coach of the Black Queens

 

Dramani replaces Yusif Basigi, who is currently on a six-week long attachment with Serbian outfit ZFK Napredak Krusevac. Basigi had been managing the Queens for the last six years, during which he led the team to gold at the 2015 All Africa Games and bronze at the 2017 Africa Women's Championship.

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Tagoe, meanwhile, is a former member of the Black Queens who played at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.

The 43-year-old is a FIFA Referee as well as the president of the Retired Women Footballers Association (RWOMFAG).

In 2016, she became the first female head coach of a Ghanaian male side when she was put in charge of Amidaus Professionals.

play Mercy Tagoe, the new assistant coach of the Black Queens

 

The CAF License A coaching certificate holder comes into the role with a wealth of experience, as outgoing head coach Basigi observed in March.

“As for Mercy Tagoe, I will commend her for how far she has come. After her career as a footballer, she is one of the ladies who has travelled far with her sporting career,” he said.

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“She went into refereeing up to the FIFA level and also dived into coaching. She coached some male teams including serving as an assistant at Amidaus Professionals.

play Tagoe is an accomplished former footballer and referee

“She took Halifax Ladies and brought them to the National Women’s League and has been upgrading herself with some courses of late."

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