President of the Ghana Cricket Association (GCA), William Ampofo has expressed his gratification with the level of performance at the just ended Africa Cricket Association (ACA), NorthWest Africa (NWA) Women’s Tournament in Achimota.
The second edition of the Women’s tourney which ended on Sunday January 21, had Sierra Leone defending the title.
In all 6 matches played, the ladies exhibited brilliance and skills, with some level of smartness in getting the best for their countries.
Their wonderful performances were without many ‘Wides’ in bowling, which off course is normal in the game of Cricket.
Prof Ampofo, who spoke to the media after the 3 day tournament believes, with encouragement, our ladies will be better in the next tournament. He was however happy, host nation Ghana won 2 out of 3 matches.
“I am very happy that the four teams, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and off course the host nation Ghana put up a good show. It showed the rest of Ghana and the sub-continent that Cricket is played in NorthWest Africa, and we have ladies, who can play the game. And to push the game forward, we need to encourage our ladies to play in the spirit of cricket. We noticed that the bowling needs to be improved, there were too many extras in all the matches, but that’s part of the game. So we hope that we set a standard that can be built upon in the next Women’s tournament. And off course, we are very proud that our ladies from Ghana have been able to win 2 out of their 3 matches and it a good platform to move forward.”
Ghana, at the previous tournament in Gambia placed 3rd and their feat achieved this year is an improvement.
The ACA/NWA is likely to organise the tournament annually, to help develop the game in the subcontinent.