Ghana’s Hasaacas Ladies midfielder Azumah Bugre says the Ghanaian side will beat South African’s Mamelodi Sundowns to win the maiden edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League.
The final match of the TotalEnergies CAF Women’s Champions League maiden edition will take place in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Friday 19 November 2021.
The 30 June Stadium in New Cairo suburb will be the theatre where the first-ever African women club champions will be crowned.
Speaking ahead of the game, Bugre who says she used to get sacked from boys when she wanted to play football, says she wants to win the maiden title in make her mother proud.
“I used to play football with boys in the school, they used to sack me saying I shouldn’t play football because I’m a girl, but I kept coming back. Then I realized I can really play football, and so did they. Then I started playing in a female team. It was not easy to start playing football, but I did it. Where I come from, girls are only prepared to get married and cook for their men, so what I did was out of the norm. But playing football makes me happy, so I had to do it”.
“Now that I’m playing in WCL, everyone is amazed. ‘We did not think you can make it this far’ they say. But my mother, who fought to take care of 5 kids, always supported me from the first minute. She was not always capable financially, but she did everything she could for me”.
“I want to tell young girls out there: ‘you have the power in you to be who you want to be’. It all depends on the determination, focus, hard work the person delivers. If I had listened to anyone bringing me down, I wouldn’t have been here now. And parents, especially African parents, supporting what your kids want, it really helps. Do not kill their talents, stand by them and show them the way, whether it’s sports or anything else. A family’s support is the most important thing for a person. I will spill every drop of sweat in the final, because I know my mother will be watching and supporting me”.