Black Queens drop out of the Olympics qualifications

Gati Jesse

Gati Jesse

Published on February 28, 2024

The Black Queens showcased a world-class performance in Ndola, Zambia, but ultimately conceded a last-gasp goal, resulting in an agonizing exit from the Olympic Games qualifiers with a 4-3 aggregate score.

Entering the game with the ambition to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg, the Black Queens faced a daunting challenge on the turf. Despite their valiant efforts, Zambia took an early lead, with Barbara Banda finding the net in the opening minutes, setting the tone for a high-stakes clash.

Undeterred, Ghana responded with determination, and Gifty Assifuah delivered a fine finish to even the score, leaving the teams on level footing as they headed into the halftime break. The thrilling contest unfolded further in the second half, with Doris Boaduwaa’s netted goal giving Ghana a 2-1 advantage, leveling the aggregate score at 2-2.

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Zambia, resilient in their pursuit, replied within 61 minutes, making it 2-2 and intensifying the drama on the field. In a rollercoaster of emotions, Azumah Bugri stepped up for Ghana, scoring in the 64th minute to regain a 3-2 lead and bring hope to the Black Queens’ quest for Olympic glory.

However, the game took a dramatic turn when Ghana was reduced to 10 players, as Jennifer Cudjoe received a second yellow card in the 96th minute, adding to the intensity of the final moments. In a heartbreaking twist, Barbara Banda secured her second goal of the day inside the 97th minute, sealing a 4-3 aggregate victory for Zambia.

The defeat marks the end of the Black Queens’ dream of a historic first Olympic appearance, as Zambia advances to the final round of qualifiers. Despite the heartbreak, the resilience and skill displayed by the Black Queens have left an indelible mark, earning admiration from fans and showcasing the immense talent within the Ghanaian women’s football team.

As the dust settles on this thrilling Olympic journey, the Black Queens can hold their heads high, knowing they fought with unwavering determination and showcased the world-class quality that defines their presence on the international football stage. The dreams of Olympic glory may have dimmed, but the legacy of the Black Queens’ performance will undoubtedly inspire future pursuits of excellence in women’s football.

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