The Black Queens of Ghana took a step further from finishing as runners-up in the women football event four years ago to clinching the ultimate prize on Friday in Brazzaville, Congo.
Their journey at the Games has indeed been a true reflection of progression dating back to their maiden attempt in 2007 in Algiers, Algeria where they won bronze. Fast forward eight years later, with silver in between, they are celebrating gold after beating arch rivals Cameroon 1-0 at the Massamba Debat Stadium in the final.
It was veteran Portia Boakye who grabbed the winner two minutes from time to crown the West Africans champions for the first time in the history of the multisport event and two reputable Black Stars could not hide their excitement, one of which is captain Asamoah Gyan.
— ASAMOAH GYAN (@ASAMOAH_GYAN3) September 18, 2015
How can we forget that prior to the start of the competition, Gyan donated $10,000 to the Queens, urging them to go for gold. He did not stop there, on the day of the final, the Shanghai SIPG striker, through his official website reminded the players of his promise. Quoting him, he said; “I told them they stood to gain a much bigger reward from me if they strive for success as my way of motivating the team.” Andre Ayew who is currently making waves in the English Premier League and was named Player of the month of August, also took to Twitter to praise their women senior national team.
Congratulations to our Black Queens for winning Gold at the all African Games in Congo?? — André Ayew (@AyewAndre) September 18, 2015
And still like fresh wound is that other matter of ‘Les Lionnes’ knocking them out of the continental qualifiers of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil few months ago.
However the good news is, they have plenty of time to party.