Day 1 of 2018 AWCON: 7 things we learned

Ghana and Cameroon got their 2018 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) off to an ideal start with 1-0 and 2-1 wins over Algeria and Mali respectively in Group A on Saturday. The Black Queens recorded a slim victory over an Algeria side that largely improved in the second half and posed many problems to the Ghanaian team but Gladys Amfobea’s first half strike would remain the only goal of the game but this was not a championship winning performance from the Black Queens. And Cameroon would be asking questions…

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2018 AWCON : Cameroon beat Mali 2-1 to displace Ghana from top of Group A

The Indomitable Lionesses came from a goal down to defeat Mali by 2-1 in Group A’s second game on opening day of the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations and have moved to the summit of Group A with this result.  The team coached by Touongo Ndoko Joseph Brillant conceded first as Aissata Traore put Mali ahead in the 56th minute but Claudine Meffometou Tcheno equalized for the 2016 finalists in the 71st minute following a goalmouth melee. The Cameroonians did not waste any time at all and took the lead just…

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Partey up against Salah, Mane and two others for top BBC award

Ghana’s Thomas Partey is amongst a shortlist of five who will be vying for this year’s BBC Africa Player of the Year award. The 25-year-old who plays for Spanish giants Athletic Madrid is being recognized for his impressive exploits for both club and country with the nomination. Partey however faces stiff competition for the award with Liverpool duo Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane also nominated. Also in the five-man shortlist is Mehdi Bentia of Juventus and Napoli’s Kalilou Koulibaly. Salah won the coveted award voted for by the fans in…

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High temperature affected us in the first half – Algeria’s Benlazar

Algeria lost to Ghana by 1-0 in the opening game of Group A on Saturday afternoon and Algeria’s playmaker Myriam Yasmine Benlazar – in an exclusive interview with FootballmadeinGhana.com –  has spoken about the impact of the hot weather on her team’s first half performance. Ghana dominated most of the first half and saw Gladys Amfobea score a screamer in the 12th minute on Saturday afternoon of 29 degrees Celsius in Accra but the North Africans improved their performance and were the better side in the second half when the…

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Ghana 1 Algeria 0 : Black Queens player ratings

Winger Sheriffatu Sumaila was voted Player of the match against Algeria in the opening match of the Black Queens of the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations as Ghana won 1-0 but how did her teammates performed? FootballmadeinGhana.com’s Gariba Raubil was at the Accra sports stadium on Saturday and rates the performances of Bashiru Hayford’s players. Goalkeeper Patricia Mantey – 6 Was one of those games in which the goalkeeper was not really tested and didn’t produce many big saves against the Algerians. Mantey still managed to keep a clean…

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2018 AWCON: Ghana goalkeeper Mantey suffers strange injury after Algeria win

Ghana goalkeeper Patricia Mantey has suffered an inexplicable injury in the aftermath of the opening 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations win over Algeria on Saturday evening. The 26-year-old hobbled into the Ghana bus with the aid of a member of the technical staff with her right ankle heavily strapped. An official of the Ghanaian continent told FootballmadeinGhana.com: “We saw her limping as we made our way back to the dressing room after the game [against Algeria].” Mantey was virtually on holidays in the Ghanaian post in the slim win…

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2018 AWCON: Algeria coach attributes attacking bluntness against Ghana to Bouhenni absence

Algeria coach Radia Fertoul concedes she missed the services of striker Naïma Bouhenni in the 1-0 defeat suffered at the hands of Ghana in the opening game of the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations. Algeria offered almost nothing in attack as they succumbed to an early thunderous strike from Ghanaian defender Gladys Amfobea on Saturday. Bouhenni, 33, missed the tournament in Ghana having suffered an ankle injury. And coach Fertoul who herself took over the team only recently admits Bouhenni’s absence is a major setback of her team. “We had…

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2018 AWCON: Ghana coach admits to attacking deficiency in slim Algeria win

Ghana coach Bashir Hayford admits his team needs to improve on their attacking efficiency following the slim 1-0 win over Algeria on Saturday evening. The Black Queens started their campaign on homesoil with a deserved win courtesy a 20-yard strike from striker Gladys Amfobea. Ghana should have recorded a more impressed scoreline having created a plethora of chances against their North African opponents. A combination of poor finishing and heroic goalkeeping from Kahina Takenint saw all the chances created by the Black Queens – save the goal – spurned. And…

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2018 AWCON: Sherrifatu Sumaila voted Player of the match in slim Ghana win

Ghana striker Sherrifatu Sumaila was adjudged the Player of the Match in the 1-0 win over Algeria on Saturday evening. The Black Queens won their opening match at the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations through a 20-yard screamer from defender Gladys Amfobea. Ghana should have had buried their opponents with an avalanche of goals but for a combination of bad misses and heroic goalkeeper from Kahina Takenint. Takenint’s impressive performance put her in contention for the Player of the Match award but organizers handed the prize to Sherrifatu Sumaila…

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Ghana open 2018 AWCON campaign with slim win over Algeria

Ghana got its campaign at the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations to a winning start with a 1-0 win over Algeria on Saturday evening. The West African giants after serving out an impressive opening ceremony got down to business against a good Algerian side. A 20-yard screamer from Gladys Amfobea proved enough to hand coach Bashir Hayford’s team the much needed opening win before an expectant home crowd in Accra. The Black Queens took some time to warm themselves into the game but once that phase was over, they…

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