View from the Opposition: Ghana hurt from Cameroon ambush

 

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Ghana vs Nigeria, Group Fixture

 

Cameroon are  into the final of the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations following a 71st minute strike by Feudjo Raissa over the Black Queens of Ghana.

A mistake by Ghana’s goalkeeper Nana Ama Asantewaa in grabbing the ball for the first time handed Cameroonian striker Raissa the chance to secure the win for the hosts.

The Queens – who have not tasted defeat in the competition – were forced to take the bitter pill in a game that split opinions due to controversial calls from the officials.

Ghana had won two of their group matches against Mali and Kenya with a draw against nine-time winners Nigeria, to set up the date with the Indomitable Lionesses.

Both teams reflected their determination and an urge to secure the ticket to the finals of the tournament but it was the Cameroonians who had the last laugh.

The best chance of the first half fell to Samira Suleiman of the Black Queens but she was flagged offside.

Cameroon relied on the physical strength to upset the Ghanaian rhythm but the ingenuity and skill of the Black Queens proved too much at times, for the Indomitable Lionesses.

Both sides failed to break the deadlock before the break but it was the Black Queens who showed determination to pick the ticket with Portia Boakye firing a direct shot into the hands of the Cameroonian goalie moments after the break.

The defining moment came with 19 minutes to end regulation time when Nana Ama failed to grab the ball at the first time, giving the ball to the Cameroonian attacker who made no mistake in putting the ball in the net.

Cameroon will be playing Nigeria in the final who will be looking forward for the tenth trophy.

Ghana will have to settle for a bronze with South Africa, provided they can get past coach Desiree Ellis’ spirited side.

Nana Akua
Nana Akua is Ladies March Ghanaian Correspondent. She's the second child of a Christian family of nine and got hooked on football at the age of 10. Interestingly, she played football in her junior high school team at age of 12. '' I stopped playing due to some myth my dad told me''. Hahaha She's a football reporter for Heritage and a Sports producer for a Ghana-based TV station. Nana is still studying at the Ghana Institute of Journalism. and is an avid Blogger. Arsenal fanatic, Accra Hearts of Oak stalker and Prison Ladies supporter, Nana loves sports to a fault basically because, ''I earn a living through writing and talking!! Radio, TV and newspaper'' Great!
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