In a crucial step towards securing qualification for the 2024 Olympic Games, the Ghanaian national women’s football team, the Black Queens, clinched a significant victory over Benin on Friday evening.
The match saw Gifty Assifuah making a remarkable impact off the bench, scoring two goals to complement Doris Boaduwaa’s first-half opener, giving Ghana a favorable first-leg advantage in Cotonou.
Head coach Nora Hauptle fielded a formidable lineup with a frontline featuring Doris Boaduwaa, Vivian Konadu, and Princella Adubea.
Despite early dominance, the Black Queens had to wait until late in the first half to break the deadlock, with Boaduwaa confidently converting a penalty to give Ghana the lead.
Entering the second half, Assifuah replaced Vivian Konadu and swiftly made her mark. Exploiting a defensive error, she doubled Ghana’s lead, followed by a second goal with a composed finish after controlling a long pass just outside the box.
A potential consolation goal for Benin was ruled out by the assistant referee for an infringement, maintaining Ghana’s clean sheet.
The match concluded with a 3-0 victory for the Black Queens, securing a crucial advantage as they approach the second leg of the Olympic qualification journey.