Soccer fever grips Ghanaian women
Location: Accra, Ghana
Date: November 2009
CUE: For many, football is traditionally a man’s game. Men dominate soccer on the field, in the galleries and in beer halls where the beautiful game is celebrated. But that may be changing. In Ghana, not only are women a force to contend with on the playing field, but they are also becoming passionate supporters. Football fever has clearly gripped Ghanaian women. What could have brought about this dramatic change? Radio Ghana’s Rosemary Gaisie finds out more.
FX: WOMEN FOOTBALL SUPPORTERS SINGNING – 00:07” [PLAY FOR 07’ AND FADE UNDER VOICE]
NARRATOR: These are voices of enthusiastic Ghanaian women football supporters singing the praise of their national soccer team. It doesn’t matter that the Black Stars are the men’s side. The Black Stars lived up to their formidable reputation by becoming the first African team to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Women supporters could not be left out in the celebrations that swept the West African nation. Just listen to these female students from the University of Ghana here in the nation’s capital, Accra.
VOXPOP: VOX-POP FEMALE STUDENTS ON FOOTBALL 00:20”
NARRATOR: Ghanaian women supporters are setting the pace in Africa. Where else would you hear of a female supporters union? Vicentia Deku is a businesswoman and founder of Ghana’s women supporters union. She talks about its formation and her growing interest in soccer.
CLIP 1: INITIATOR OF WOMEN SUPPORTERS UNION – 01:09”
NARRATOR: Cecilia Last is a veteran of Ghana’s female senior football management team. She is a nurse by profession and in her mid fifties. I asked her how she became part of the Black Queens’ management team.
CLIP 2: CECILIA LAST, A NURSE-00:18”
NARRATOR: Interestingly, Ghanaian women tend to support the men’s game more than they do their fellow women players. Cecilia Last confirms this while Sylvester Mensah, former Chairman of the Black Queens’ Management team justifies the trend.
CLIP 3: CECILIA LAST AND SYLVESTER MENSAH-00:22”
NARRATOR: So what might have triggered women’s interest in supporting Ghanaian football teams? Fred Pappoe, Vice Chairman of the Ghana football Association.
CLIP 4: FRED PAPPOE, GFA VICE PRESIDENT-24’’
NARRATOR: Veronica Commey works with the national wire service, The Ghana News Agency. She is one of the few Ghanaian female journalists who are passionate about football. To find out how she got hooked on the game, I visited Veronica at her place of work
CLIP 5: VEHICULAR MOVEMENT, MY STEPS, DOOR OPENS & SHUTS, STRAIGHT TO INTERVIEW-
NARRATOR: The passion for football among women cuts across class. Grace Ashy, a Ghanaian gospel singer ventured into football by composing a song for the Black Stars at their first World Cup appearance in 2006.
FX: GRACE ASHY BLACK STARS SONG.PLAY SONG 00:07’’ AND FADE UNDER CONCLUDING NARRATION.
NARRATOR: Grace Ashy and her group showering blessings on Ghana Black stars through music. Indeed, they are great and strong. There is no doubt that Ghanaian women’s interest in football has risen to a dramatic level, thereby changing the face of Ghanaian football in terms of support. It would be great for Ghana if the women can extend their passion for soccer to other social endeavours such as campaigning for the greater education of girls or against the abuse of women. Rosemary Gaisie in Ghana for 2010.