Thursday, April 18, 2024

African Games: Nigeria Denied Consecutive Gold Finishes In Women’s Football

Ghana defeated Nigeria’s U-20 team in the final, denying the team a second consecutive African Games gold medal after their last triumph in 2019

The Black Princesses of Ghana claimed the gold medal in the women’s under-20 football event at the 13th African Games in Accra, Ghana.

The hosts defeated the Falconets of Nigeria 2-1 to emerge victorious in the match played at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Thursday.

Nigeria’s Loveth Edeh had put the Falconets ahead in the 24th minute of the game before Tracey Twum got the equaliser in the 78th minute with a thunderous strike to beat the Falconet’s goalkeeper.

Ghana`s Mukarama Abdulai scored the winning goal in the 99th minute of extra time as her low shot on the edge of the box beat Faith Omilana, the Falconets goalkeeper

The loss means that the Falconets have relinquished their reign as African Games champions.

The Falconets booked their place in the final after defeating Uganda 2-0. Ghana also defeated the Teranga Lionesses of Senegal, 3-1 to book a place in the final.

Meanwhile, Uganda beat Senegal 6-5 in a penalty shootout to secure the bronze medal in a thrilling match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium.

The 13th African Games, which began on 8 March, will end on 23 March. The games are being held across three cities: Accra, Kumasi, and Cape Coast.

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