Feature: Fresh Start for Hasaacas Ladies Football Club

Feature: Fresh Start for Hasaacas Ladies Football Club

In November 2021, Hasaacas Ladies Football Club played in the final of the first Confederation of Africa Football Women’s Champions League held in Cairo, Egypt.

Hasaacas Ladies FC showed up well scoring an outstanding 11 goals en route to the final where a 2–0 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns meant the club finished as runners-up.

Before the final game, the Club led by Yussif Basigi had picked 3 wins and a draw from the 4 previous games; the resounding compliments from the streets of Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana hit places the scent of Ghana’s women’s football had not been felt before.

Five major laurels in that single year and missing just one could be deemed as a fair bargain to the Club President Benjamin Nanabayin Eyison – “We have exceeded our expectations; we know our strength and that of our competitors. I am happy and I want every single player to be happy as we journey back to Ghana” – he surmised as the Club made its way to the Cairo International Airport en route to Ghana.

The Women’s Premier League title, the Women’s FA Cup title, the Women’s Premier Super Cup title, the First Lady’s Cup and the West Africa Football Union Zone B Women’s Champions League Qualifiers Cup are the five titles.

The Year 2021 is easily Hasaacas Ladies Football Club’s most significant year since its inception.

Pretty obvious the global attention the Club got was always going to bring up the question of what’s next and how do you maintain such a talented group.

Before long, like two weeks after the team arrived in Ghana, Queenabel Amankwah and Regina Antwi; two regulars in the glorious 2021 squad moved to Turkey’s 1207 Antalya Spor to join Gifty Assifuah, also a member of the 2021 squad.

Halfway through the 2021/2022 season more names flew out of the country; Evelyn Badu and Perpetual Agyekum completed their switches to the Norwegian side, Avaldness IF and Azumah Bugre moved to IFK Norrkoping in Sweden’s Elitettan Women.

Janet Egyir, the skipper of the side has since moved to Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem in Israel, Veronica Appiah is currently at Jordan’s Etihad Club and Blessing Shine Agbomadzie is the latest to join AS FAR of Morocco.

Evelyn Badu, Doris Boaduwaa and Veronica Appiah
Evelyn Badu, Doris Boaduwaa and Veronica Appiah

Internally, Jafaru Rahama returned to Northern Ladies FC after her loan spell came to an end. In all, the team has lost 10 of the players that started in all or some of the games in the CAF Champions League leave the Club.

The Club has lost a lot, but if there’s any hope then surely it resides in Coach Yussif Basigi, who since the birthing of Hasaacas Ladies FC has put several eras together. Coach Yussif Basigi would look forward to rebuilding a side to make up for the loss but how soon can that happen?

Hasaacas Ladies Football Club was birthed in 2003 by dedicated men to uplift how women’s football was viewed back then and has since seen the idea grow to become the most successful football club in Ghana and the club with the most contribution to the cause of women’s football at the national level.

Still holding the mantle is Yussif Basigi who has seen several players come and leave the Club. Before the season, he’s masterminded eleven additions, taking advantage of the summer transfer window to try and secure equal replacements for those who have left.

Judith Adjeiwaa Anderson and Matilda Aba Bonsra Amoah joined from Assin Soccer Angels Ladies.

Ruby Osei joined from Somanya Rootz Sistaz FC and Akua Osei joined from Immigration Ladies.

Silvia Osei and Mary Opoku Ndali are from Nana Afia Kobi Ampem Ladies.

Efuwa Osei joined from Pearlpia Ladies FC and Firdaus Yakubu of Ash-Town Ladies.

Abiba Issah is brought in from Sea Lions and Fatimata Fuseini from Northern Ladies.

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The team commences the 2022/2023 Malta Guinness Women’s Premier League with a tie against Berry Ladies FC and there is more to look out for at Sekondi Gyandu Park on Saturday, October 8, 2022.

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