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Olympic Qualifiers: Zambia beats Black Queens to boost qualification chances


By: Nana Kwame Bediako 

The Black Queens were beaten 1-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium by the Copper Queens of Zambia on Friday, February 23, 2024. The Queens were looking to make a statement in the first leg in order to ease any tension heading into the second leg in Zambia. 

The Black Queens were a pale shadow of themselves in the opening 25 minutes of the game as the Zambians dictated the pace of the game and got a goal through Bay FC striker and world’s most expensive women’s player, Rachael Kudananji.

As the game wore on, Nora Hauptle’s side came back into the game as they knocked on the door for a goal. Evelyn Badu came close as she turned and fired a shot from close range in an attempt to snatch the equaliser before halftime, but her efforts were denied by the Zambian goalkeeper. 

The second half began on a good note for the Black Queens as they took the game to the Copper Queens, forcing them to sit back. The Black Queens came closer when Doris Boaduwaa’s free kick hit the post. 

The Black Queens will travel to Ndola for the second leg on Wednesday, February 28, at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.

A win for the Black Queens will hand them a final qualification spot in their quest to qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

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