WAFU Zone B: Black Queens in final after edging out Nigeria

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Ghana’s Black Queens are through to the final of the maiden WAFU Zone B women’s tournament after beating rivals, Nigeria’s Super Falcons 5-4 on penalties in their semi-final clash at the Parc des Sports yesterday.

Dubbed the final before the final, it was a real epoch semi-final game which saw all the characteristics of such rivalry between the two sides in full display.

The pre-mactch taunts, the psychological games from both sides served up the menu but once the whistle went for kickoff, it was time for serious play.

The Nigerians who took an early lead in the eighth minute through Alice Ogebe who finished off a cornerkick.

Faustina Ampah, who won the woman of the match award, cancelled that lead on the 18th minute when she took advantage of a melee to finish off an attack from a cornerkick

The second half was dominanted by the Ghanaian side, but it was simply not their day to win in regulation time, pushing the game straight to penalty kicks.

Goalkeeper Patricia Mantey made two brave saves of Nigeria’s spot kicks – their first and last, while hardworking Grace Asantewaa was unfortunate to have her kick saved.

Ghana will now play the final against hosts, Cote d’Ivoire on Saturday, in what will be a replay of their Group A opening clash.

Nigeria and Mali clash in the third place match also to be played on Saturday afternoon.

The interim Black Queens coach Marcy Quarcoo Tagoe is optimistic of leading the team to clinch the maiden WAFU Zone B Women’s Nations Cup.

The Queens edged out Nigeria 5-4 on penalties to reach the final of the inaugural WAFU Zone B Women’s Nations Cup.

They were tied 1-1 after regulations with all goals scored in the first half.

Alice Ogebe opened the scoring as early as the 8th minute but ten minutes later Queens drew level through Faustina Ampah.

During the shootouts, goalkeeper Patricia Mantey saved two spot-kicks and Alice Kusi scored the winning goal.

The team will square off against hosts Ivory Coast in the final, having lost to the same opposition 1-0 in the opening fixture of the competition.

However, Tagoe believes her charges have what it takes to re-write the script in their favour on Sunday.

Cote D’Ivoire beat Ghana 1-0 in the opening game of the WAFU Championship and the Black Queens will look to avenge that in the final.

“Believe you me, we have studied Ivory Coast. We know how physical they are and how well they run.

“Samba football is from Ghana and we are not going sit down the second time for them to beat us.”

Ghana will host the CAF African Women’s Cup of Nations in November 2018.

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