Black Queens gaffer, Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo, opened up about the rigor in naming her final 20-man contingent for the WAFU cup defense.

The WAFU gold medalist named her final squad to compete at the sub-regional competition in Cote D’Ivoire – from a provisional list of 30 to twenty yesterday.

Speaking to NBSportslive, she said:

“Honestly, it was a tedious task in trimming the squad [from 30 players to 20].

“Because, those that couldn’t make it to the final squad are equally good as those in camp currently.

“It’s just that, we had more than excess in certain positions and thus we had to let go of some of them.

“It’s difficult and painful [on the part of the players] to train and get close only to be eliminated by virtue of limited spaces available. It was difficult.” she concluded.

The second edition of the WAFU competition kicks off in less than a week with Ghana playing Senegal on May 8.