Both nations are competing for a spot in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, the site of the WAFU B zonal qualifications for the TotalEneggies CAF Women’s Champions League, as Nigeria strives to overcome its 0-2 deficit against Ghana in Abuja today.
Following their triumphs in the semifinals on Wednesday, Ghana’s Ampem Darkoa Ladies and Nigeria’s Bayelsa Queens will face off in the qualifying final.[FILES] Bayelsa Queens athletes celebrate
The two teams, according to MINIECHAT , traveled distinct routes to the final, which will be contested at the Yamoussoukro Stadium in Cote d’Ivoire.
While a 10-woman Ghanaian team had to win a penalty shootout to go to the quarterfinals, Bayelsa Queens thrashed Espoir Ladies of Benin 6-0 to win the match and advance to the championship game.
With a rampage in the second half, Bayelsa Queens absolutely destroyed the Benin team to set up a rematch of their group stage matchup with the Ghanaians that resulted in a tie.
The solitary goal of the game was scored in the first half by Chinyere Igbomalu, who finished with two goals, before the Bayelsa turned up the pressure after the interval to put an end to any hopes of a comeback.
Soon after the break, Kafayat Bashiru made it 2-0 before Nigerian goals from Glory Edet and Etim Edidiong gave them a dominating advantage.
Igbomalu and Mary Anjor added further goals to complete the resounding win, setting up their final match against the Ghanaians at the same location.
A 1-1 stalemate in normal time forced a shootout, which Ampem Darkoa won 6-5 on penalties to defeat the local team, Africa Sports.
The semifinal met the criteria for being a close game by keeping viewers guessing until the very end and inciting tremendous celebration in Ghana.
Adjoua Edwige Niamien of the Abidjan-based team did, however, score the game’s first goal in under a minute, giving the home crowd great cause for optimism.
The game was evenly matched until Ampem Darkoa restored parity at the hour mark, courtesy to a goal by Gladys Amfobea.
There were many powerful tackles that left the Ghanaians speechless as the game’s intensity and aggression intensified.
After receiving two yellow cards in that game, Ophelia Amponsah was given a red card in the 66th minute, but Africa Sports were unable to capitalize on their numerical advantage.
The Ivorian and Ghanaian champions were determined by extra time after the two teams resisted the pressure to the conclusion of normal time.
Ampem Darkoa was only able to get to the final thanks to the fatal agony of penalties.
The shot from defender Linda Gauze was blocked by goalkeeper Safiatu Salifu, giving the team the win.