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We’re not moved by any nation, says Ghana striker Ayieyam ahead of AWCON

12:50 AM WAT 07/11/2018
Jane Ayieyam - Black Maidens Ghana
Exclusive: The Black Queens forward reckons their dream of a first continental title cannot be destroyed by any opposition

Ghana striker Jane Ayieyam says they are ready for any challenge at the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations on home soil.

The Black Queens, three-time losing finalists, are hoping to go one step better when they host the rest of the continent for the November 17 to December 1 tournament.

To have a chance of laying hands on the trophy, Bashir Hayford’s outfit must first qualify from tricky Group A, which also contains Cameroon, Algeria and Mali.

“We’ll come out victorious,” Ayieyam, joint-third top scorer at the 2012 Fifa Women Under-17 World Cup, told Goal.

“We’re not moved by any country. They’re women like us.

“We’re going to meet them boot for boot, and we’ll make sure we qualify from our group and pick the cup.

“Every country is improving in football so we’ll not underrate any country. All the teams are good but we’re not afraid of them.”

Ghana will open the tournament against Algeria on November 17, before facing Mali three days later.

The Black Queens will then complete the group assignment against Cameroon on November 23.

Group B, meanwhile, consists of Kenya, Zambia, South Africa and Nigeria, who stand as the most successful nation in the history of the tournament with eight titles.

Aside from the trophy up for grabs, the three top finishers at the tournament will secure qualification for the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup in France.