The Black Queens, on Friday, took a significant step toward securing a place in the third round of the qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics women’s football tournament with a 3-0 first-leg triumph over Benin in Cotonou.
The Ghana women’s senior national team displayed their dominance at Stade de l’Amitié as they established a formidable lead, positioning themselves favorably for the upcoming second leg at the Accra Sports Stadium on Tuesday, October 31.
Striker Doris Boaduwaa initiated the scoring, converting a well-taken penalty that broke the deadlock in favour of Ghana a minute from halftime.
Gifty Assifuah, a substitute introduced after the break, capitalized on a defensive lapse to net the second goal in the 73rd minute, further cementing Ghana’s lead.
Five minutes later, Assifuah’s impressive performance reached its zenith with a second goal of her own, completing a remarkable performance that firmly places Ghana in control of the tie.
This win not only extends the Black Queens’ undefeated streak but also highlights their outstanding record under the guidance of Swiss coach Nora Häuptle.
With eight consecutive victories, the Ghanaian team now stands as a formidable contender in the race to qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. They approach the second leg at the Accra Sports Stadium with renewed confidence.
The victor of this tie will progress to the third round of qualifiers, where they will face Zambia, who earned a walkover to advance after their scheduled opponent, Mali, was unable to participate.