The Ghana Football Association has sacked Mercy Tagoe, the head coach of the senior national women’s team the Black Queens.
She has been replaced with a foreign coach, Nora Häuptle, a Swiss national. The 39-year-old will be the first foreign coach for Ghana’s senior women’s national team.
The former Swiss International attended the University of Bern. She has a Masters in Sports Sciences and a Bachelor of Philosophy and Minor in Theatre Sciences.
She holds a UEFA Pro Licence certificate and has previously worked as an Instructor for the Swiss Football Association.
She holds other Diploma Certificates such as UEFA Mentorship Hope Powell – Brighton and Hove Albion FC, CAS Sports Management – University of St. Gallen and Shalkeh 04, Athletics Coach – Swiss Football Association and Swiss Tennis, Strength and Conditioning – Swiss Olympic team, Olympic Weightlifting – Swiss Olympic team as well as EXOS Level I & FMS and Sailing and Motoboat Licence.
Playing & coaching career
She played for BSC Young Boys, FFC Zuchwil 05 and FC Twente Enschade. She also had stints with FC Thun and the Swiss national team between 1996 and 2010.
From 2009 to 2012, she was coach at FC Thun. She later worked as a conditioning coach for Tennis player Romina Oprandi.
Nora previously worked with the Israeli Football Association as Head Coach, and was the Women’s Director for the national team.
She also had a stint with SC Sand 1946 – a German Women’s Bundeliga club.
According to the Ghana Football Association, she will be assisted by Joyce Boatey-Agyei and Aboagye Dacosta.
Joyce Boatey Agyei is a physical Education Tutor. She’s also the Coach of Kumasi Girls Senior High School, and a former Coach of the Girls U-15 national team.
Aboagye Dacosta is a former player of Asante Kotoko. She’s also the Head Coach of Women’s Premier League Club Ashtown Ladies in Kumasi.
The Black Queens will soon move to camp to begin preparations towards the 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. The preparation will cover the third edition of the WAFU Zone B Women’s Cup of Nations 2023 in March/April.