Ghana’s female national team handed their South African counterpart a 1-0 defeat in an international friendly at the Dobsonville Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday.
Using this tie as preparation for their African Women’s Championship qualifier against the Comoros later this month, Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw stressed the importance of them winning this tie to head into those AFCON qualifiers in buoyant mood.
But her charges could sadly not carry out that mandate and as a result they will now face the Comoros with their morale down low.
The first half was very scrappy from both sides, with a few stoppages in play and a lack of inventiveness in the last third.
Sanah Mollo though had the perfect opportunity to give the host the lead five minutes to the break, but she shot wide with the goal at her mercy.
In the second half, Elizabeth Coudjoe produced an acrobatic save from Thoka Ndaweni on the hour mark.
However, Portia Boakye would make no mistake in granting the visitors the lead from a 30-yard free-kick that sailed over Ndaweni in the 71st minute.
The goal sparked an upturn in the hosts and they launched attack after attack to get back into the game and they went close when Leandra Smeda saw her header in the 81st minute saved by Nana Asantewaa.
That’s how it would end for Pauw and company, as they now face the Comoros for a spot in the AFCON 2014 in Namibia in October.
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