I am a bit of dilettante as far as domestic women football is concerned.
However, reality dawned on me months ago when I chanced upon some ladies engaging themselves in a grueling match at the Sunyani Coronation Park.
What set my teeth (and other spectators? [I am sure]) on edge was the work rate of one lady whom I got to know later as Rasheeda Inkoom. She is an ambipedal player, who is very comfortable playing as a right-back, left-back and as a centre-back. She is very pacey and overlaps very well, tackles excellently and her in-swingers are top notch.
Affectionately called ?Shidoo? by her team-mates and fans; she is occasionally shifted to the midfield to minimize the beatings doled by the opposing defenders.
It?s not uneasy for writers to be rendered bereft of superlatives and other apt descriptions to paint a vivid picturesque image of the astute defensive dynamo.
Inkoom?s blistering performances for her club Prison Ladies of Sunyani, due to her tactical mindedness and ferocious tenacity and endurance, which is reminiscent of Christie Rampone of the USA, helps in pulling down such hurdles.
Her dazzling performances have made her a role model to up and coming footballers, considering the enviable rarity of the panache and male machismo she evinces and asserts in building a fortress for the defence department of the game, where she controls and commands a football regiment.
?I thank God for making me so because I never thought I will get to the place I am today. I feel very happy and feel blessed by the Almighty,? she told Ghanafans.com in an interview.
?I don?t stress too much about what people think about me. I do things to make myself and the people around me happy.?
Against the backdrop of huge dosage of resentment and drawbacks that female football developments suffer, ?Shidoo? is not the least perturbed and is very determined to fight to the very end.
?It wasn?t easy growing up as a female footballer in my community,? she said.
? I was rejected by friends because they thought I was doing something odd but they understand me now and I promise to make them proud by donning the national colours one day,? she said without a scintilla of doubt or hesitation.?
Her talent was spotted at a very tender age before she joined Nungua Ladies. Her scintillating performances earned her a contract to join Prison Ladies where she has been with till now.
Whereas the Bermuda triangle features prominently in geography as an area in the Atlantic between the region of Bermuda, Florida and Puerto Rico where flights and sailing vessels are vulnerable, her defensive dexterity, prowess and proclivities always as strategic as a bait has compelled people to label her region as Bermuda, implying how perilous she can be in stopping marksmen, bringing them down and depriving them of balls.
Unfortunately for her and her teammates, they lost the championship to Ampem Darkowaa Ladies by just a point. ?It was a very sad experience,? she said ?to lose the championship by a just a point was very painful but there was nothing we could do than to accept it to good faith and work towards winning it next season.? She added.
National Team Dream
It is the dream of every footballer to don the colours of his or her country and represent ?her? globally, and ?Shidoo? is no exception.
?I am really looking forward to representing my motherland on the international stage. I will perfectly fit in the Black Maidens and the Black Princesses set up. It will be a dream come true if this becomes a reality and I pray the technical handlers grant me this opportunity.? She quipped.
With her technique, balance, goals, assists, composure, stamina, resilience and consistency, it will be a travesty if Rasheeda ?Shidoo? Inkoom does not represent the country within the shortest possible time.