Ghana’s senior national female team, Black Queens, will have to put in an extra effort to go past Cameroon as the two imposing sides clash this afternoon in the semi finals of this year’s African Women’s Championship.
The host nations of this year’s competition will have revenge in mind as they come into this game after losing by a lone goal to the Ghanaians in the finals of the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville last year.
Ghana had a tough time in their final group game against Mali but was able to beat the West Africans by 3-1 to advance to the semi final stage of the competition.
The Black Queens are unbeaten in three games so far in the competition and are poised to keep their unbeaten run after the game to make it to the final and eventually lift the trophy.
Head Coach of the Ghanaian side, Yusif Basigi, believes it will not be an easy game, looking at how the Cameroonians performed in their previous games and the fact that they are the host nation. However, he is optimistic his charges would come out victorious after the final whistle.
This competition’s history has recorded these four teams appearing at this level many more times with Ghana and Nigeria up with the most wins.
Both Ghana and Cameroon are chasing their first silverware since the competition began in 1991 and Cameroon are poised to end the Queens’ campaign today.
Since their first meeting in 1998 to date, Cameroon have only beaten Ghana’s Queens once in 2010, when they met at the group stage at the Equatorial Guinea event, with all other meetings going the way of the Ghanaians.
The Queens will not only come up against the Cameroonian team, but will also have to deal with the noisy Cameroonian fans who will throng the stadium to cheer their women to victory.
Coach Basigi is expected to maintain his starting line-up in a way to create stability in the team and also allow players such as Linda Eshun, Faiza Ibrahim to continue their fantastic play.
Cameroun finished on top with nine points without conceding a goal in their wins against Egypt, South Africa and Zimbabwe in their first three group games.
These inspiring results should be a boost for the host country, aware that the Queens have conceded in all three games prior to reaching this stage.
A fierce encounter is expected this afternoon.
By Enoch Ntiamoah