There was a brief interview at Madina Astroturf on Wednesday morning as Coach Freeman Amponsah faced the media ahead of Saturday’s Malta Guinness Women’s Premier League game against Essiam Socrates Ladies FC.
The boss was asked about the return of the Premier League, the latest team news, how he has reflected on our win against Sea Lion Ladies FC and draw against Faith Ladies FC and more.
Here’s everything he had to say on the following subjects:
on early team news:
Priscilla Sintim Agyemang and Rahinatu Mumuni won’t be fit. The rest, no news so far.
on what he said after our first match at Faith Ladies FC that ended draw:
It is my duty to stand in front of you, to stand in front of the media team of Berry Ladies FC and give a very clear and honest assessment of what happens in the game. I reflected very openly how I felt on how the team played and how the game was conditioned by that result with the decisions that were made by officials. It’s my duty to defend my players, support my players, support my club, defend my people in the best possible way and this is what I’m going to do time after time this season on the touchline. I was quiet upset at the touchline.
on if he was angry about just that goal or other decisions as well:
Some things don’t happen overnight. When it was that clear and I had all the evidence for the words that I used, it’s because I feel strongly about them. One thing is what I say externally, but internally to my players it’s about how can we play better, how can we be more dominant, how we can manipulate the game the way we want to give no chance to the opponent. This is exactly what I have being doing, nothing special, nothing different. That’s it.
on the importance of winning against Essiam Socrates to maintain the unbeaten run:
The moment you have a chance in football to put it to bed, do it. We have to do a lot of things right on Saturday to earn the right to win it and against a really good team with enormous experience in this competition. We have to prove it again on Saturday in front of their people how excited we are to play that game and what it means for us
on Jacqueline Amponsah’s absent situation and the impact on being called up for Black Princess:
Jacqueline loves to play for her country and every time that she’s been called up and been fit, she’s been there. And she will be there if that’s the case.
on using last weekend to galvanise the players against Essiam Socrates:
Yes, especially the performance of the team, and watching back the two games last season we won, and we lost with Essiam, we are much better than we were a year ago. So, we have to build a lot of things that we did right against Sea Lions Ladies, improve certain things especially in the final third, to be more of a threat, but for the rest, the way the team played, the way we competed, it was extraordinary.
on how we’ve played this season:
Obviously, we had two very good games, the one against Faith Ladies FC especially in the second half we struggled in the first 20-25 minutes, but overall the team has not only performed, but I think the presence of the team, the maturity they have shown in big games like these has been really good, but it’s about doing it consistently and saturday we’re going to have to do a lot of those things very, very well.
on what he saw from Alhassan Fakiha, Grace Krofi and their importance lately:
Well, hopefully the same that all the managers that have played them will say. They are incredible players, they are leaders, they are very intelligent players for us, and they have the quality to make the team better, that’s it.
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