With a 2-1 result from the first leg, the Black Queens, Ghana’s senior female football team, look set to seal their 10th African Women’s Championship (AWC) against Tunisia this afternoon.
The Queens earned the advantage last week when they played Tunisia in Tunis in the first leg of the final qualifier for this year’s AWC, and are hoping that a good result in the return leg at the Accra Stadium this afternoon, will seal their tickets for the tournament in Cameroun later this year.
“In football, anything can happen and just as we won in Tunis, the Tunisians can also come and beat us at home. That is a possibility but we will not let it happen as we intend to go all out to win and secure our qualification,” captain Mercy Myles told the Daily Graphic.
“We hope that in Tuesday’s game, we can have fair officiating. Last week in Tunis, we were at the receiving end of some unfair referee’s decisions which almost cost us, but we hope we can enjoy fair officiating so we can realise our dream,” she stressed.
Coach Yussif Basigi, though also optmistic of their chances this afternoon, is wary of their opponents and had indicated that they would adopt a strategy to make the Tunisians fall flat in their pursuit of a win in Accra.
“They like to control the midfield and attack on the break. We plan to settle very early into the game, convert the chances we create. In the first leg, we identified some loopholes in their game that we can exploit to our advantage, and have worked on those in our preparations”, he stated..
Today’s match will start at 3:00.p.m and the gates will be open for free. It is one of the six qualifiers to be played around the continent to choose the teams who will join Cameroun for the eight-nation biennal tournament. Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea have already booked their tickets.
The other matches are: Kenya v Algeria (2-2), Nigeria v Senegal (1-1), Cote d’Ivoire v Egypt (0-1), and South Africa v Botswana (2-0). The first leg results ate in brackets.