Ghanaian actress and media personality Yvonne Okoro fulfilled her promise yesterday when she presented a gift of $10,000 to the Black Queens, for making it to the semi-finals of the 2019 WAFU Zone B Women’s tournament held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The presentation was in fulfillment of a promise which the actress made to the team when she visited them in Abidjan during the tournament took place at the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Present for the presentation, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Perry Okudzeto, urged philanthropists and corporate entities to support the various national women’s football teams to encourage them to give of their best in international competitions.
“I want to say a very big thank you to Miss Yvonne Okoro for traveling all the way to Abidjan to motivate the team to work hard and to win laurels for the country and also for honoring her promise to reward them if they make it to the semi-finals. We thank her for the kind gesture towards our national women’s team and we encourage other individuals and corporate organizations to come on board to support the national teams, either in cash or kind,” he added.
For her part, the actress said: “This is my first time watching the women play and I think that a lot of attention needs to be given to them because they work really hard and they are doing so well. Apart from doing my presentation, this is also to tell the public that they need more support because they are winning a lot of medals for the nation.”
Ghana failed to clinch the ultimate prize, but the Queens won bronze after beating Mali on penalties at the eight-nation tournament.
In attendance were GFA Normalisation Committee member, Naa Odofoley Nortey, Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Frank Quist; Black Queens coach Mercy Tagoe Quarcoo and other technical staff of the team.