Black Queens qualify for Olympic
Sunyani, (B/A) March 11, GNA – Ghana’s
Black Queens displayed beautiful football artistry and team
work to qualify for the Women’s Olympic football tournament
in Beijing in China after they defeated the Parangras Negris
of Angola 2-0 aggregate at the Sunyani Coronation Stadium on
Playing before an inspiring crowd, the two teams showed
indications of their commitment to carry the day but failed
to convert the chances they created into goals in the first
20 minutes of play.
Florence Okoe of the Queens however broke the deadlock in
the 32nd minute when she capitalized on a defensive mix up
to beat goalkeeper Diomisia Domingos in posts for the
After the recess, the Queens who enjoyed massive home
support mounted an intensive pressure on the visitors but
found the going tough as the Angolan defense centred around
Irene Goncalves thwarted many of the attempts at goal.
After the Angolans were reduced in number following the
sending off of Veronica Lando for an infringement in the
75th minute, the Queens Anita Amankwaah had a glorious
chance to increase her side’s goal tally but failed to
convert it after she was brought down by the Angolan’s
defender Lydia Lubano.
Queen’s Yaa Avor won the admiration of the spectators on the
80th minute mark when she sent a delicate shot into the net
from the right flank through an orchestrated pass from
After the second goal the Queens rather surprisingly adopted
delay tactics as they teased their opponents with short
passes within the center circle to the amusement of the
partisan home crowd and bravely defended their goals till
the end of proceedings.
FIFA referee Elizabeth Bola Abiboye of Nigeria handled the