Black Queens fall, Maidens shine

Janet Egyir (middle) moves in to challenge Helen Chanda of  Zambia

Janet Egyir (middle) moves in to challenge Helen Chanda of Zambia

The Black Queens of Ghana suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of their Zambian counterparts in their international friendly match at the Nkoloma Stadium on Saturday, in Zambia.

Racheal Kundananji scored three goals in the second half as the Black Queens were left stunned after Portia Boakye and Elizabeth Addo had put the Ghanaians ahead with a first half double.

The Black Queens started the game on a good note, controlling affairs in the opening minutes and deservedly went ahead in the 21st minute after superb finish by Boakye.

Addo doubled the lead for the Black Queens 10 minutes later before the game went into recess.

The Black Queens seem to be in cruise control after recess until the Shepolopolo showed their ruthlessness as attacker Kundananji scored two quick goals to restore parity for the Zambians.

Kundananji won the game for Zambia with a superb strike in the 87th minute to give the Black Queens a rude awakening.

The Black Queens would engage the Bayana Bayana of South Africa next as they prepare for the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations to be hosted in Ghana on November 12 – December 1, 2018.

Meanwhile, the Black Maidens, the national U-17 female side recorded a 4-0 win over America FC, a Brazilian local female club side, in a training match played at the Estadio Mansueto Pierotti in Santos.

Grace Animah got the opener for the Ghana U-17 side before Alice Sarpong added a brace with substitute Mavis Owusu sealing the win with the fourth goal.

The junior female national team has been in Brazil since Wednesday for a pre-World Cup training tour before they travel to Uruguay for the 2018 FIFA U-17 World Cup set to begin November 13.

Coach Evans Adotey’s side is scheduled to play Cameroon in another friendly match tomorrow at the Sorocaba City Estadio before they leave Brazil on Thursday to Montevideo where they will play their group matches.

Ghana will play hosts Uruguay in the opening group game on November 13 in Montevideo before playing New Zealand and Finland in subsequent group matches.–GNA

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