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Jafaru Rahama Q&A: Goals, Soccer Intellectuals Ladies FC, Injury Update and more

Jafaru Rahama is excited by the prospect of taking on Soccer Intellectuals Ladies FC on the occasion of her first away match debut for Berry Ladies FC.

The Prolific forward, a January signing from Northern Ladies FC, heads into Friday’s second leg at Eduyaw Assasan Park having scored in back-to-back in two straight games in the Malta Guinness Women’s Premier League.

Ahead of the tie, Jafar spoke with the media team of Berry Ladies FC and “This is Berries” Team during Monday’s training session. Read a summary below.

On the impact that scoring in her last five games has made on her confidence and her settling into the club…

Yeah, of course it’s a great feeling to score the first goal knowing it was a really important game for us and it was a Madina derby, so yeah, that was a good way to open the scoring account. And then to follow it up with the goal against Hasaacas Ladies FC, my former team which I didn’t celebrate to show my respect to them, I think that game was really important for us to show that we had a difficult period at the first half of the league but that we are climbing back from that and that we are eager to perform and to keep doing better.

On how ready she feels to face Soccer Intellectuals Ladies FC and the talk at the camp ahead of the tie given the recent history between the clubs…

I think as a team, we are ready. We want to perform in this game, we want to win, especially we are sitting at 5th position with just three-point difference between us and the fourth position. We want to grab the three points, so we have to be ready, and I think everybody also wants to be ready. I think we are ready for it. I am still waiting for further reports from our team doctors on my injury and they are also doing a great job to get me back on track.

On the belief within the squad…

What I just said before, we had a difficult period but then we won three games in a row in the Ghana Women’s Premier League and then it’s normal that the confidence is coming back. I think we are really confident now and will keep working hard and trying to improve and keep winning games.

On whether there is a different feeling around the club after back-to-back victories in the Malta Guinness Women’s Premier League…

Yeah, I think it’s normal. When you’re a football player you want to win games and if that’s not happening there’s another atmosphere [compared to] if you win games. So of course, when you start winning games there will be a different atmosphere, but we just try to keep positive and try to improve in every aspect we can and keep getting good results forgetting about our loss. Our Captain, Cynthia B. Yiadom is always encouraging us to be focused and keep moving.

Jafaru Rahama
Jafaru Rahama

On whether there has been an added intensity in the last two performances…

Yes, I think the games we won we played a better game than the games before, and then the result is the outcome of maybe the more intensity we had in the game and stuff like that. But it’s on us now to keep that intensity to keep winning the games.

On there being a lot at stake in the loss against Police Ladies FC…

Yeah, it was knockout phase so there was lot at stake but unfortunately, we lost and its football, but we want to prove, and we want to show that we are a good team and that we are there again, so we have to perform in this game and try to win it and try to win it away.

On how her teammates have helped her to settle in…

To be honest, my teammates are amazing. From day one they helped me to settle in as quickly as possible. The whole club is amazing especially the CEO, Dr. Gifty Oware-Mensah, everybody is nice to me, trying to help me in every way they can and I’m really grateful for that. Big thanks also to Abigail Tawiah Mensah, Victoria Salifu and the Captain, Cynthia B. Yiadom for holding me down always.

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In what has changed in the time she has been at the club and whether the team are doing anything differently…

I think it’s difficult to point a finger on something that has really changed, but I think everybody knows when you’re not really winning the games it’s difficult. But as a newcomer, I sense the group is really good, we come together, and we are trying to stay together in difficult moments, and I think that’s one of the strengths of this team. From there you know that you are going to win some games – we won four in a row including Women’s FA Cup when I joined, and we have to keep working hard and keep improving a lot of things to keep winning the games.

On how Coach Freeman Amponsah has managed the squad during their tough spell…

What I said before, when it’s difficult then a real team is showing up and I think this is one of the teams. We really stick together and even though it was difficult, we tried to stay positive, tried to keep helping each other in difficult moments and in the end that will result in better things. I think just in time we started winning games again and now we have a big opportunity to show that we are back on track.

On her conversations with Coach Reginald Asante and Coach Freeman Amponsah about her role in the team and what she believes to be her best position…

Obviously, I played, I think, the last three years on the left side under two coaches, I played in the center so I already tried to adapt to that and when I came here, I spoke to the coach, and he said it’s possible to play on the left or in the center. I started playing in the Centre so I try to adapt to that position as quickly as possible and improve and try to do my best, but I love it when during my plays i switch with Jackline Amponsah or Portia Sakyiwaa

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