Betway Ghana has organized a seminar for administrators and coaches of Ghana’s top women football teams. The seminar was organized in association with the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) as part of the company’s Betway Up initiative, which has seen the betting giant contributing in numerous ways to sports development in Ghana.

Participants were offered lessons on sports science, nutrition and coaching by sports medicine consultant, Dr Kweku Laast, coach of the Ghana national women’s football team, Mercy Tagoe and coach of the South African national women’s football team, Desiree Ellis.

Betway also presented the women’s clubs with assorted sporting kits, including balls and training equipment at the seminar.

The Chairman of GHALCA, Kudjoe Fianoo, expressed his gratitude to Betway for the initiative and assured the women’s club officials that there are efforts to continue to raise the profile of the league in Ghana.

Betway’s country manager in charge of operations, Magnus Rex Danquah Jnr, expressed the company’s desire to continue to support women’s football in Ghana.

“We are here to help each other and see how we can make the woman’s league what it should be for all of us to have pride in it. It is an honour to be associated with the women’s league.”

The sports health consultant, Dr Kweku Laast urged managers of women’s football to take sports nutrition and psychology seriously as these will help develop the game in Ghana and help the country to achieve greater success in the international arena. He also pointed out that sleep, which is sometimes taken for granted, is very necessary for success in all sporting endeavours.

He advised team managers to provide the nutritional needs of their players, especially those on national assignments. He advised that teams on international assignments should travel with their own food supplies as meals served in foreign lands may affect performance.

“They can beat you intentionally,” he said. “They can sabotage you by giving you the wrong [food]. And you won’t do well on the field.”

Other speakers at the event included Mercy Tagoe, coach of the Black Queens, the national women’s football team and Desiree Ellis, coach of the South African national women’s football team.

Female coaches and administrators participate in Betway Up training
Black Queens coach Mercy Tagoe

The coach of the Ghana national women’s football team, Mercy Tagoe, speaking on work-life balance encouraged women players to strive to live in harmony with their family members so they can count on them for support. She urged them to also cherish their involvement in women’s football and aim for the highest levels in the game with passion.

“Love what you do,” she said. “If you don’t love what you do, I don’t think you can get to where you are aiming at. You need discipline, focus, punctuality and organization.”

For her part, the coach of the South African national women’s football team, Desiree Ellis, urged the women players to use their inner strength to achieve greater success. “Being a woman is the most difficult thing to do,” she said.

“You can’t change what’s going on around you until you start changing what’s going on within you because you can’t have anybody and nobody can see who you are, if you haven’t changed what’s going on within you.”