The Black Queens of Ghana on Monday were drawn their counterpart, Super Falcons of Nigeria for the first round of the women’s African cup of nations Qualifiers

Head coach, Mercy Tagoe believes her side need to prepare very well to stand a chance against the reining Champions Currently, who are top ranked team in Africa according to FIFA, with Ghana at number four but Tagoe is unfazed about the challenge.

The match is expected to come off during the June, 2021 international break.

“When Ghana is meeting Nigeria, is like tug-of-war. Nigeria respect Ghana and Ghana also respect Nigeria so much but we need to put in more effort so that we will be able to be abreast with whatever plan we have. For now, we are happy, we have the draw, we need to go and prepare well to meet Nigeria. It’s unfortunate but nothing is impossible,” Tagoe told the BBC.

The new format of zonal qualification means many West African giants will clash in the qualifiers. The winner of the Ghana-Nigeria tie will face Niger or Ivory Coast in the second round slated for October, 2021. Tagoe is relishing the opportunity of meeting fellow giants.

“At long last, the draw has been made and we are so pleased and happy to have teams in the zone of Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire. All the big gurus are there. When things like this happens, it gives you the strength to work extra hard.”

The 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nation is slated for Morocco from July 2 to 23.