13th African Games: Ghana's Black Princesses Beat Nigeria To Win Gold

13th African Games: Ghana's Black Princesses Beat Nigeria To Win Gold

  • The 13th African Games women's football competition final came off on March 21 in Cape Coast
  • The game ended in a 1-1 draw at the 90th-minute mark, setting the stage for a tense extra time
  • A powerful strike from Ghana's star girl Mukarama Abdulai changed the Black Princesses' fortunes
  • YEN.com.gh spoke with Women's football expert and Joy Sports journalist, Lawrence Baidoo about his thoughts on the game

Ghana's Black Princesses faced the Super Falconets of Nigeria in the finals of the 13th African Games women's football tournament.

Nigeria took an early lead after a blunder from Ghana's goalkeeper, Afi Amenyaku, to get the first goal of the game.

In the 78th minute, Ghana's Tracey Twum, who played a huge part in the team's semi-final, drove a powerful shot behind Nigeria's goalkeeper to bring the game back on level terms.

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Ghana's Black Princesses beat Nigeria's Super Falconets to win gold at the 13th African Games
Blac Princesses. Photo Source: X/GhanaWnt
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Mukarama's goal seals Ghana's victory

Both Nigeria and Ghana held on to their goal till the 90th minute. With six minutes added on, the Nigerian goalkeeper got injured and had to be replaced, destabilising the Falconets.

Nine minutes after the start of the extra time, Ghana's Mukarama Abdulai found the net, giving the Princesses the lead.

The highly praised Black Princesses managed to keep their lead to the last minute of the game, unseating the reigning champions to win gold at this year's African Games in Ghana.

Sports journalist Lawrence Baidoo, who was present at the Cape Coast stadium, told YEN.com.gh that the atmosphere from fans and the coach's decision to move Maafia Nyame to the wings immensely contributed to the team's win.

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"She was able to take on her markers and make runs that would disrupt Nigeria's backline," Lawrence explained.
A big mention to Yusif Basigi who didn't rush into any decision to make changes early in the game despite pressure from the crowd, he added.

Netizens share in the Black Princesses' joy

YEN.com.gh gathered a few comments from fans in reaction to the Black Princesses grabbing gold at the 13th African Games women's tournament.

@Abdulkarim58374 said:

What a massive performance Black princesses. Congratulations to you

@nudedjitor wrote:

Serious oooo chaley, I never expected this numbers oo. Huge supporters ooo chaley . By the way, was it Free gate anaaa ?

@OleleSalvador noted:

Cape Coast showed up & showed out & the Black Princesses gave them more than a reason to! Congratulations Black Princesses!

@SirDigital_ added:

This country de3 it is only the women who are sustaining it ooo. Anka by now war dey here. Check the number of women who are single handedly taking kr of their children in various academic institutions in the country. Check our market ratio of traders, now the black princx

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Ghana takes sixth position on medal table

Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that Ghana had climbed to the sixth position on the African Games medal table.

As of March 18, Ghana has secured a total of 46 medals, comprising 9 gold, 22 silver and 15 bronze medals, while Egypt dominated on top of the list with 156 medals.

Source: YEN.com.gh

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