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Mavis Appiah sets the pace for women’s coaching in Ghana (Ghana)

Coaching in our part of the world has always been preserve of men. But the status quo is about to be changed with women now getting interested in not becoming mere assistant coaches but head coaches of male teams.

Black Queens coach, Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo is without a shred of doubt the trailblazer of women coaching in this country. Her exploits seem to have inspired a Sunyani-based graduate who is making strides in the coaching profession.

From the region that gave Ghana Asamoah Gyan and John Paintsil is a prospective coaching gem who currently handles DC United, a Sunyani-based division 2 side.

Mavis Appiah is her name. The 27-year-old graduate of the University of Ghana was appointed in 2016 as the assistant of DC United but was latter given the nod to be the substantive coach of the club having impressed in her role as a deputy.

But the journey has not been all rosy for the Mavis Appiah. She happily professes her love for the ‘beautiful game’ which she began playing at a very tender age.

“I started playing football right from primary school, where I was on a girls’ team and played all the way through to university where I was part of a team that went to the Ghana University Sports Association Games in 2014,” Appiah says.

A Ghanaian girl playing football instead of being in the kitchen or going to school? There will obviously be some level of resistance from family members and Mavis Appiah’s case is not an exception.

“Your parents don’t allow you to take part in football when you are female because they think only boys should play football. So people discourage you, the community discourages you, your family discourages you. It’s terrible out here in Ghana because most people in our society refuse to accept it’s not just a male job.”

With a father who was once a first division coach but never quite made it to the top, Appiah was determined to find a way past those views. “I was combining playing and education, which gave me the time and excuse to play. I applied for a coaching license after school. When I finished university I already had the coaching license and decided to focus on that rather than playing.”

 

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