Ghana's Black Queens clashed with Guinea on Tuesday evening; this was the reverse fixture of a two-legged tie, as both teams set their sights on Olympic qualification. It's important to note that Guinea suffered a 3-0 loss in the first leg, and they had a huge deficit to overcome in this match. Despite the visiting team's best efforts however, it was business as usual for the Black Queens.
Nora Häuptle since she was appointed as 🇬🇭 Black Queens coach:
👤 5 games
✅ 5 wins
⚽️ 14 goals scored
🥅 0 goals conceded
— Owuraku Ampofo (@_owurakuampofo) July 18, 2023
Ghana Black Queens 4-0 Guinea
It's fair to note that although Guinea had a three-goal deficit to overcome, they weren't really expected to challenge the Black Queens on Tuesday. This is because the National Elephants had no wins in seven prior games, with a draw and six losses. In contrast, Ghana came into that match on the back of five consecutive victories.
The first half of Tuesday's encounter was very one-sided. Even though Guinea needed goals in order to get back into the tie, it was the Black Queens who dominated right from the start. Ghana had six or seven good opportunities to open the scoring in the first 30 minutes, but were unable to convert any of their chances. Interestingly, Evelyn Badu drew first blood for the hosts, thanks to a long-range effort in the 36th minute. Although the Black Queens had a couple of chances to double their lead before half-time, they ended up with a one-goal lead at the midway point of this match.
Black Queens leading Guinea by 1-0 at HT.
That’s 4-0 on aggregate.
If the Black Queens qualify from this stage, there will be three other rounds ahead before they confirm a ticket to Paris for the 2024 Olympics.
— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) July 18, 2023
The second half was more of the same; more pressure from Ghana, and more defending from Guinea. It may interest you to know that the Black Queens were never really threatened in this match, as their opponents failed to register a single shot. Thanks to three second-half goals from Princella Adubea, Evelyn Badu and Firdous Yakubu, Ghana ran out 4-0 victors after 90 minutes. This two-legged tie ended 7-0 in favour of the Black Queens.
What this means for both teams
The girls completed the job!
FT: Ghana 4:0 Guinea
Ghana Black Queens will now face Benin in the 2nd round of the CAF 2024 Women’s Olympics qualifiers pic.twitter.com/vsNPXhNM88
— Esther Abankwa (@esthybella1) July 18, 2023
With their humiliating loss in mind, Guinea will not be able to feature in the Summer Olympics in Paris next year. On the other hand, despite their victory, the Black Queens still have a long way to go.
We would like to point out that FIFA awarded just two slots to the African continent; which is no surprise considering there are just 12 teams in the competition. That said, there are many African countries battling for those two spots; and for this reason, most teams will have to go through four qualifying rounds in order to secure Olympic qualification.
Bearing Ghana's 7-0 aggregate victory in mind, the Black Queens will face Benin Republic in the second round. The Cheetahs prevailed against Guinea-Bissau in the first round, and are expected to give the Black Queens a run for their money. Whoever wins this two-legged clash will face either Mali or Zambia in the third qualifying round.
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