Head coach of Hasaacas Ladies, Yussif Bassigi has noted with sadness, social media calls for him to replace Mercy Tagoe at the helm of the Black Queens . He noted that this could be misinterpreted by some people as Yussif Bassigi and Hazaccas Ladies working against Mercy Tagoe.
“ calls for me to replace Mercy Tagoe could be misinterpreted as bad blood between me and Ms. Mercy Tagoe and this has the potential to negatively affect our national game. Much as I appreciate people for acknowledging and appreciating my work, I expect them to stop making such unwarranted comments on the social media platforms. Myself and the Hazaccas Ladies setup are focused on the task at hand. We will always support anyone at the black queens because the black queens represent Ghana not any club”
It would be recalled that the Black Queens failed to qualify for next year’s AFCON despite beating Nigeria 1-0 in Accra recently. In contrast, coach Bassigi’s Hasaacas Ladies began brightly in the ongoing CAF Women’s Champions League in Egypt by beating Malabo Kings 3-1 and are favourites to win against Mande on Monday.
This has gotten Ghanaians talking on social media, with fans sharply criticizing Mercy Tagoe for the Queens’ woes. Their remarks indicate that Yussif Bassigi would have done a better job had he been the coach of the Black Queens. This development has pointed accusing fingers at him, alleging that he is behind the campaign. Some even go extra mile to accuse him of influencing some Black Queens players to turn down invitations by Mercy Tagoe.
When reached by Tamale based sportsmrnews.com, coach Bassigi said he had a task to accomplish and so could not be bothered by another coach’s job.
“I never intended to respond to that but it is gaining grounds so I need to. I have a job to do and that is Hasaacas Ladies and I’m fully focused on winning with them.”
He continued; “I dissociate myself from any so called campaign to see the back of my colleague, Mercy Tagoe. It was unfortunate we failed to qualify but it doesn’t mean the coach must go. I’ve never wished my colleague coach bad and I never will. My brother, disregard such reports. Those comments fans make on social media are entirely theirs and never in any way represent me.”
Coach Yussif Basigi recently won the Ghana Women’s Premier League, Women’s FA Cup and CAF Champions League WAFU Zone ‘B’ with the Hasmal Ladies. He is currently leading them in representing Ghana in the ongoing CAF women’s championship in Egypt.