Gloria Kafui kuzo, sports journalist and administrator at Berry Ladies Football Club reflected on Berry Ladies Football Club’s stalemate against Soccer Intellectuals Ladies FC after Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Eduyaw Assasan Park.
Berries were unable to register a fourth successive Malta Guinness Women’s Premier League victory as both sides gave their all.
On her assessment of the game…
It was a tough away day in the Malta Guinness Women’s Premier League. We always knew what we were going to get here. They had very good individuals and made it difficult for our players to penetrate. We were obviously difficult to beat, and we kept a clean sheet, defended well. We would like to play a bit better and create a few more chances but we had more than enough chances to win the game, free-kicks, the passes from our forwards etc.- we had more than enough chances to win the game. When things aren’t going your way it’s easy to just look at all the negatives but it’s another draw and we didn’t take our chances, but we have to look at the facts as well and when you’re winning a lot of games like we have done in few games, as the coach said, we have to look at the positives more.
On trying to find a rhythm when players are reintegrating back into the team after injuries…
Of course, it is tough to play your best when you come back from injury but that’s football, we always have that thing from players and that’s all part of it. It’s not an excuse though and I believe that is the reason why maybe the performance wasn’t as fluid as we all thought Berry Ladies FC would play. I think our defenders and goalkeeper did very well to keep us in the game. As I said, it’s a point, it’s not a defeat but sometimes it feels like that when you’re desperate to get the win.
In what she feels is ‘not quite happening’ at the moment…
I think obviously when things aren’t going your way there’s obviously a loss of confidence which we saw in the last 15 minutes of the match which I think Coach Freeman Amponsah made mention of it in his interaction. When things are going well in a general period and it doesn’t go in or you misplace a pass, it doesn’t affect you as much, you shake it off and go again. Obviously at this moment in time with the confidence a bit lower and a few bad experiences, it probably gets us down a bit more than it should do at this moment in time – and that’s something we need to try to fight through. It’s hard when you’re not getting the results and you want to see the good things in the performances. It’s important that we don’t get too down on not getting the results and things that don’t go our way in games, we have to bounce back and be mentally stronger than that, and also still see the good parts in the games.
On a big week coming up with home games against some tough teams in the second round…
Every week is a big week. We want to finish the season strongly, there’s still so many games left to go. It feels a bit strange because normally at this stage of the season you’re probably a bit further in, but there’s so many games to go. It’s important when we’re not getting results that we shake ourselves off, don’t get too down and disappointed about it. There have been some good performances in there recently. There was a great 40 minutes of first half against Hasaacas Ladies FC, a couple of sloppy goals but other than that it was a good 45 minutes. So, it’s important we don’t always just get down on ourselves and we stick together. You’ve seen the number of fans who were here today, and they were backing their team to the extent of making noise to destruct our players, which is obviously incredible but hopefully the rest of the teams we will be facing know that we’ll be giving absolutely everything and working as hard as we can to try to get some form going and finish the season strongly.
Copyright 2023 Berry Ladies Football Club. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.berryladiesfcgh.com as the source.