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Black Queens coach Nora Hauptle opens up on challenges faced as Ghana coach

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Black Queens coach Nora Hauptle has shared insights into the challenges she faced upon assuming her role, highlighting her journey of adaptation and growth.

Appointed in January 2023 the Swiss tactician, succeeded veteran coach Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo, immediately revitalising the team’s spirit and performance.

Despite bringing back a sense of fearlessness and competitiveness to the squad, Hauptle encountered unexpected hurdles during her transition to Ghanaian culture and environment.

Accustomed to the smooth lifestyle of Germany and Switzerland, Hauptle initially anticipated a similar setting in Ghana, only to realise the disparity upon her arrival. In an interview with BBC’s Alasdair Howorth, she candidly discussed her struggle to adapt, citing instances where her European practices clashed with Ghanaian norms.

Reflecting on her experience, Hauptle revealed her inclination towards meticulous planning and attention to detail, which sometimes overwhelmed her new surroundings

“Nora, how many car signs did you see when you drove into Prampram,” she recalled how she was questioned by the team manager Hauptle.

When none came to mind the team manager continued: “You come in and you want to put 10 street signs and cognitively it’s too much. You’re overloading.’ And I needed to reflect a bit and this is why I’ve learned more than anyone,” she stated.

Despite the initial challenges, Hauptle’s determination and resilience shone through, driving her commitment to reviving the Black Queens’ fortunes. Under her guidance, the team has already secured qualification for the Women’s African Cup of Nations (WAFCON) and narrowly missed out on reaching the final round of the Paris Olympics qualifiers.

Joining a team that had struggled for several years, Hauptle embraced the opportunity to make a meaningful impact, demonstrating her unwavering motivation to learn and adapt.

“I knew when I jumped in there that I would have the resilience to survive [and] I would learn a lot about myself, for me, the interest behind it maybe sounds ridiculous for others but I learned the most in this whole journey about myself,” she added.

Regardless of the near inconvenience, Hauptle has overcome and is on track with her mission to revive the fortunes of the Black Queens.

Looking ahead, Hauptle has intensified her scouting efforts to identify promising Ghanaian talent, aiming for a successful campaign in Morocco. Despite the initial obstacles, Hauptle’s resilience and commitment to her mission underscore her dedication to the Black Queens’ resurgence.



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