Faustina Ampah, the assistant coach of Ridge City FC and former Black Queens defender, has called on the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to provide qualified referees for the ongoing Malta Guinness Women's Premier League (WPL) to prevent poor officiating in the league.
Ampah was dissatisfied with the officiating in the league when her team lost 3-1 to title contenders Faith Ladies on match-day 17 of the WPL. She attributed her team's winless run to inexperience and poor officiating against Ridge City FC.
Ampah expressed her disappointment in the poor refereeing, stating that it wasted talent and demotivated the players.
In a recent interview with GNA Sports, she said, “This is a Premier league so we should have qualified referees. We are not asking any referee to favour us, but at least it should be fair so that when we lose, we know that we lost a good game. That is all we are asking for.”
Ridge City FC is currently at the bottom of the Southern Zone with 14 losses and only three points in the ongoing WPL season, with one game left to end the 2022/23 season.
Despite the challenges, Ampah praised the team's “can-do spirit” and commended the playing body.
She said, “We have no regrets for our performance. What we are thinking about now is to go back and prepare well, and work on our mistakes to come back stronger. Inexperience and officiating are costing us. I know I have added something to the club, and I am proud of the team.”
Ridge City FC will play their last game of the season against Berry Ladies on Saturday, hoping to end the season on a high note. Ampah joined the team in the second round of the league in January.