The Black Queens of Ghana failed to advance to the final round of the 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers after drawing 2-2 with the Cameroon at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Unceremoniously, both the Black Meteors and the Black Queens of Ghana have been eliminated from the Rio 2016 Olympics, with the country having suffered an Olympic football drought for over a decade.
The black Queens had begun the game with early attempts at goal. Ghana’s striker Agnes Aduako almost fetch the opener in the eigth minute as she had her effort miss the post by inches after lobbying the ball over the Cameroonian goalkeeper, Ngo Ndom Annette.
The Ghanaian side kept dominating the game until the US-based attacker Samira Sulieman, took advantage of a howler by the Cameroon goalkeeper who failed to take a first time catch. The striker got the opener in the 16th minute.
Cameroon lifted their game as they pushed forward in search of the equalizer after conceding the opening goal but the black Queens goalkeeper Patricia Mantey, pulled out an excellent save to deny the visitors the equalizer following a wonderful effort from Cameroon striker, Afaba Edoa.
However, the away team got a deserved goal on the hit of half time after striker Ngono Mani, found her way through the Ghanaian defense to beat goalkeeper, Patricia Mantey.
The substitution bringing on Hungarian-based midfielder Elizabeth Addo, rejuvenated the midfield for Ghana as they begun to dominate possession. A well-taken cross from striker Agnes Aduako saw winger Portia Boakye drive in a superb finish to give Ghana the lead for the second time in the game.
Cameroon’s substitute Agnes Nkada, got the much-needed equalizer for Les Lionnes in the 83rd minute after heading in a cross from the right wing.
The hopes of Ghana fielding a football team at Rio 2016 were banked on the senior women’s side after the Black Meteors were thrown out of the qualification race by Congo Brazzaville earlier this year.
But the Queens’ dreams of playing at the Olympic Games was shattered after the heartbreaking draw with Cameroon at the Accra Sports stadium on the away goal rule after the first leg ended 1-1 in Yaoundé.