Elizabeth Ayebea and Comfort Yeboah views Monday’s match at Home against Lady Strikers FC as an opportunity for Berry Ladies FC to show a response and build on their Malta Guinness Women’s Premier League form.
Berries are looking to brush off the goalless draw with Soccer Intellectuals Ladies FC last weekend by registering their fourth victory in the topflight.
To do that they must overcome Lady Striker’s side under the floodlights at Madina Astroturf, with Elizabeth Ayebea and Comfort Yeboah aware how only an exemplary performance can see the visitors leave with no point.
The two defenders spoke to “This is Berries” at their Training Centre to preview the encounter – read on for the interview.
Elizabeth Ayebea, it’s been a week of mixed fortunes but obviously it’s a quick turnaround to the next game. Does that help in that there’s no time to dwell on what was a tough night against Soccer Intellectuals Ladies FC?
Most definitely, and an opportunity for us to put things right again. That’s the great thing about football, you can’t dwell on things too much and you can’t get too excited over your last win or lose, for example, because there’s another game just around the corner that you need to prepare for. That’s exactly what we’re going to be doing. It’s another tough game against Lady Strikers FC and hopefully we can put it right again.
Comfort Yeboah, it’s important to keep in mind the progress that had been made before the Soccer Intellectuals Ladies FC game – back-to-back wins and clean sheet…
Definitely. Obviously the Hasaacas Ladies FC and Thunder Queens games were, to our standards this season, unbelievable. There were glimpses of us from last season and the season before that. Just for us it’s about putting things right, going out and making sure we do the basics right again. Not feel too deflated with the Soccer Intellectuals Ladies FC draw, as much as it hurt us and annoyed us. It’s football and you just need to go out in each and every game and try to put it right – which is exactly what we’re preparing to do and willing to do against Lady Strikers FC as Elizabeth Ayebea stated. With all that said, it’s going to be another tough game. Obviously, they are coming here, it’s always a tough place to play especially we losing to Police Ladies FC at home and we’re going to need another great performance to get a result.
Elizabeth, when you look at the Malta Guinness Women Premier League table, obviously it’s looking healthier now than it was in recent weeks. When you’ve got a target in mind, this team is very capable of digging deep and putting a run together to reach that target…
For us, I feel it’s always motivation to try to prove people wrong. I think many people are maybe doubting us to get at least a first or second place League spot, to finish high up in the table, for example, or to get further in the final clash. For us, it’s always motivation. We want to keep proving people wrong. We always want to go out and enjoy the experiences, enjoy these challenges because, at the end of the day, it’s what makes us as players and what gives us that opportunity to go out and learn again on a different stage, different circumstance. As I said, it’s just motivation to put things right and to reach as far as we can possibly reach. That’s exactly what we’re going to be trying to do.
Comfort, we’ve obviously seen Martha Appiah coming back into the fold after her Black Queens Trip. There’s a busy period of games coming up, so it’s a chance for everyone to play their part…
Definitely. We’re going to need each and every member of the squad, the coaching staff as well as the fans. It’s going to be another tough period for us and a busy period, and we need each and every person involved in Berry Ladies FC to give us that support, which they’ve been doing throughout this season although times have been tough. With the players, we just need to be ready when we’re called upon, to go out and make sure we put in 110 per cent for the team, for the badge, for the fans and collectively try to get a result. Everyone’s ready – they seem ready in training. Everyone’s been firing and ready to go and ready to prove people wrong.
It’s Lady Strikers FC this Monday and they’re not having the best calendar year – but it’s always a tricky place to go, isn’t it? What kind of a game are you anticipating? This is for you Elizabeth Ayebea
Our Home is always a tough place to play because they always demand a win from us but they are so hostile with the fans right by the pitch and always behind us. Lady Strikers FC are a well-drilled team and have a lot of talent in the team as well. But like any game in the Malta Guinness Women Premier League, it’s never an easy game. You always need to put in 110 per cent as Comfort Yeboah made mention to get the result and make sure you’re fully concentrated and focused throughout the game. It’s always going to be a tough game, so we’re expecting a lot from them. They have very talented players, so we can’t forget about that. But it’s just about us really, performing to the best of our abilities and hopefully getting a result and being a team, we all know Berry Ladies FC can be.
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