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Ghana’s Black Queens have booked a place in the final of the maiden WAFU Zone B women’s tournament after edging out rivals, Nigeria 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation time.

Ghana will play host nation Ivory Coast in Saturday’s finals after they also edged Mali 2-0 in the other semi-final.

The semi-final game between Ghana and Nigeria played at the Parc de Sports easily passed for the grande finale as the elements of rivalry between these two football giants were in full display.

Nigeria took an early lead on the 8th minute through Alice Ogebe but Faustina Ampah cancelled that lead on the 18th minute.

The second half saw a more dominant Ghana side, but it was simply not their day to win in regulation time, pushing the game straight to penalty kicks.

Goalkeeper Patricia Mantey made two  brave saves of  Nigeria’s kicks – their first and last , while hardworking Grace Asantewaa was unfortunate to have her kick saved.

After the game head coach Mercy Tagoe Quarcoe expressed delight at winning the game against Ghana’s sworn rivals.

Ghana will now play the final against hosts, Cote d’Ivoire on Saturday, in what will be a replay of their Group A opening clash and coach Mercy says she is fully aware of the threats of the host nation.

Nigeria and Mali will play the third place match.


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