Gotham FC midfielder Jennifer Cudjoe has opened up on the ‘shameful state of women’s football’ in Ghana.
According to the 28-year-old, lack of investment and support from cooperate bodies have seen the women football struggle.
Women’s football in Ghana for the past few years has regressed despite it being widely regarded as a football nation. The Black Queens failed to qualify for the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nation in Morocco and they last qualified for the World Cup in 2007.
“Soccer is one of the biggest sports in Ghana, so for them to pick and choose who to put so much time and interest in affects other disciplines,” Cudjoe said as quoted by newframe.com.
“I started my activism for sportswomen when I came to the US. Back in Ghana, I was always quiet because I didn’t know much, but education makes you understand things.”
“Our culture doesn’t make us speak up. For so long we’ve been told it’s disrespectful to talk back to an older person.
She added; “So when I moved here [to the US] and saw how things are working in the colleges, I realised it was different.
“The coaches and everyone have power, but they also listen to the players because we’re the ones stepping on the field to play. You need to respect us and give us the power to tell you the changes we want to see.”
The Black Princesses have failed to go past the group stages of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup despite qualifying for every tournament since 2010.