- A 26 year old Ghanaian woman now coaches Sunyani based Second Division team
- She is a hold of a University of Education Physical Education undergraduate degree
- She also holds a CAF coaching license C
Miss Mavis Appiah, First Ghanaian woman to coach a second division side in Ghana, has stated that she wanted to challenge the status quo and try to coach a men's team.
Football the world over - if anything - is a male dominated sport. Even when it comes to the female version of the sport, women obviously play the field game, even though a lot of women's teams the world over are still coached by men.
Furthermore, one would be pretty surprised to see a female coach standing on the sidelines shouting directions at professional men's football team, especially in Ghana...until now.
Mavis Appiah, a 26-year-old graduate of the University of Education, Winneba, has taken a bold step when comes to women in professional Ghanaian football.
As of a few weeks ago, at the beginning of this year Second Division League, Mavis Appiah was the official coach for Sunyani based DC United Second Division League team.
A graduate who holds a degree in Physical Education, Mavis Appiah also study coaching as part of her undergraduate degree program at the University of Education, Winneba. Though she also holds a CAF coaching license C, Miss Appiah confessed that getting her current position was no easy feat.
Speaking to Fifa.com, the 26 year old Physical Education graduate said related that in Ghana, men end up coaching both the professional men's, and the women's teams but - according to her - she decided to change that "trend".
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. "If you want something, you don’t go to where it is easy to obtain it, you go where obtaining it is a challenge. You challenge yourself to the highest level. That is why I wanted to coach a men’s team.” She said, speaking to Fifa.com
And challenge herself she did, because soon after she was offered the position of DC United's head coach, an opening she grabbed with both hands.
Mavis Appiah went on to say that she's always had a passion for football, and that even her father used to coach in the first division, although "he never made it to the very top".
"That started an interest in me and I have known for a while, that I wanted to become a coach. I have also been lucky to have worked with some great coaches, especially Mas-Ud Dramani, who is the former Asante Kotoko head coach and is currently in charge of the Ghana women’s team, the Black Queens," she said.
Talking about how her fellow coaches have taken to being her side's head coach, she said other coaches in her division have embraced her new position. "They have accepted me as one of their own," she said, adding that other coaches have seen her courage and confidence "and that is enough for them.”
“My philosophy has always been to be ambitious and aim for the top. If I do that, I will always be able to hold my head up high," she said.
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