“We have one mentality, to win and that is it”‘ is how Portia Sakyiwaa and Berry Ladies fc plan to play this weekend’s visit to Faith Ladies FC.
Berries will look to build on last weekend’s unbeaten streak by leaving Carl Reindorf Park with three points in the Malta Guinness Women’s Premier League.
Portia who recently scored a winning goal and on top form this season, believes the same approach and level of performance will be required again come 10.00am GMT on Saturday.
Previewing the encounter, the forward sat down with This is Berries and www.berryladiesfcgh.com during today’s Training session with Coach Freeman Amponsah to reflect on the squad’s most recent outing and analyze her evolving relationship with forward partners.
Read on for the interview…
Just reflecting on this week’s result versus Lady Strikers fc, is one of the most disappointing games you’ve ever played in?
I think so, yes. We put in an amazing performance – both in defense and attack. When the game was over, I was just not happy because I was substituted during the first half. I think we could have won by so many goals because the fans never stopped driving us on for one minute. They’re always with us. A lot of it was down to the fans but we disappointed them by picking up just a point.
What has that result done to the mood around the squad and training ground?
Everyone is really happy now and motivated. Fortunately, the coach gave us a day off, so we were all really happy with that to reflect on what happened and why we couldn’t win. But we’ve got to keep going in the same direction and not underestimate anyone. Now we’ve got the next game coming up and we have to go into that with the same desire that we showed against all four games we won this year.
Following it up with a negative result at Madina Astroturf against Faith Ladies FC, do you think it will help keep the momentum going and fulfil targets…
Of course, we can’t afford to relax now just because they beat Berry Ladies FC at home, 2-0. We have to go into this game with a winning mentality and with that same will to win in order to bring the three points home – which is what we want to keep climbing the table. Yes! they beat us, but this is a different game now. We have to go there to try to beat them again just like what we did to them during the Women’s FA Cup. That’s football – things can turn around. We have to go there and be strong with the same positive mentality.
What are you expecting from Faith Ladies fc, who put up a good fight against all strong teams this season, and what will you need to do to leave with three points?
They’re coming into this game in decent form, and you can see the changes they’ve made in their performances. Against top teams, for example, they put in a great performance – but that’s football for you. Now we have to go and play against them and go there with a positive mindset, not relax for a minute and go out there win a winning mentality from the very first second.
Finally, do you believe your chemistry and relationship with your attacking teammates is getting better with every game? Jafaru Rahama, Jacqueline Amponsah and Victoria Salifu are growing stronger…
Jafar is just another thing altogether – she’s an absolute star and addition. And Jacqueline, she got here when we weren’t in the best form, and she had to settle in as well. We needed to have time training together and now you can see that we’re developing a better understanding. I hope that keeps going in the same way and that those up front can bring lots of happiness to the fans because they deserve it.
Thank you for your time and all the best tomorrow ..
You welcome and thank you too.
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