ACCRA, September 18, 2019 – The year is 1999. The occasion – the third ever Women’s World Cup. For Africa it will be the first time two West African countries will make it. The Super Falcons of Nigeria inking their name in the history books for the third consecutive time, and Black Queens of Ghana making an all-important debut as the first senior national team in the country across gender to make it to the FIFA World Cup.
Donning the number 14 jersey for the Black Queens was 25-year-old defender Mercy Tagoe. For the country, that was a moment of breaking the glass ceiling in football. The players will forever be remembered for that huge feat.
As a woman cut from different clothes, Tagoe later traded the boots and shin guards for a whistle and a referee’s badge. In 2008 she was among two female referees who received their FIFA badges and would go on to officiate some high profile games, including at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Soon enough, she moved from the centre line to the sideline where she combines her knowledge as a player and referee to manage her teams. The professional fire fighter had stints with Amadeus male team, moved to Halifax Ladies, then finally got the nod to manage the Women’s Senior National Team to their WAFU Zone ‘B’ championship, casting her name in stone as the first female coach in Ghana to win laurels with the team.
A new record knocks on her door and the go-getter is ready for it. Her apt refereeing judgements, her fire fighting knowledge, her role as a wife and mother always lays the platform for her to succeed. The dream is to reach the Olympics Games. According to her, it is an absolute dream she is working to attain.
In her own words, “it’s my dream that for the first time, Ghana Female Senior National Team will qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020. That is exactly what we are doing and I am seriously working towards that.”
Her team is in the 3rd round of qualifiers having knocked out Gabon. Their next round of matches will be against Kenya which she and her charges are preparing towards. If there is anyone who can lead the Black Queens to that promise land then, of course, it will be the trendsetter Mercy Tagoe Quarcoo