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13th African Games: Super Falconets settle for silver medal after 1-2 loss to Ghana

Posted : 22 March 2024

The Falconets of Nigeria lost their African women's soccer crown to the hosts, the Black Princesses of Ghana, 1-2 at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium late on Thursday night. The loss came amid psychological tactics and frustrating time-wasting, overlooked by referee Natasha Konan from Ivory Coast.

Repeatedly, the Ghanaian goalkeeper, Afi Amenyaku, would lay on the turf, wasting time, with no verbal warnings or cards given. She claimed injury and received treatment on the field for about seven minutes. When the Nigerian captain protested to Ref Natasha, she promptly flashed a yellow card, the third to Nigeria. Goalkeepers are allowed by the rules to receive treatment on the field, but the duration of this was rather long.

In the second half of extra time, an unmarked Ghanaian player fell on the turf, with stretchers brought in as usual without the referee's prompting. The player tactically wasted time, and the referee ignored the rules.

It is interesting that Natasha Konan and her lineswomen, Sekinat Hamidu from Niger Republic and Alice Umitesi from Rwanda, overlooked many wrong moves in the match.

Nigerian coach, Christopher Danjuma, had to enter the pitch to protest the time-wasting, which should have attracted a caution.

Nigeria drew first blood through Edith Njideka Edeh, who capitalized on an error from the Ghanaian keeper in the 24th minute to score the opening goal of the night.

Tracey Twum, the most eloquent player on the field, scored the equalizer for Ghana in the 78th minute before Mukarema Abdulai got the winner.

Perhaps the most joyous person on the pitch was the Ghanaian coach, Yusuf Besigi, who had beaten the same U-20 women at WAFU B in 2019 and had won the Gold at the All African Games with the Black Queens in 2015.

Ghana and Nigeria advance to the U-20 Women's World Cup in Colombia, which is hosting the world in that category for the third time, from August 31st to September 22nd, 2024.

Ugandan babes clinched the Bronze from Senegal 6-5 on penalties after a goalless regular time.


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