Soccer News of Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Cameroon head 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 shot stopper Nana Ama Asantewaah 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 was hugely dominated by dubious decisions by the officiating officials.
Ghana had won two of their group matches against Mali and Kenya with a draw against nine times winners Nigeria to set up the date with the Indomitable Lionesses.
Both teams demonstrated 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 Suleman of the Black Queens but she was flagged offside before she could say jack.
Cameroon relied on the physical strength of the team to bully the dwarf-like Ghanaians but the ingenuity and skill of the Black Queens was too much for the Indomitable Lionesses.
Both sides failed to break the virginity of the game 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 nineteen 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 finding the back of the net.
Cameroon will be waiting to meet either Nigeria or South Africa who will be locking horns in the second semifinal game of the day.
Ghana will have to settle for a contest to win bronze after the second semifinal game to know their opponent for the silver medal contest.