Turkish Women’s Cup: Black Queens dispatch Kenya but fail to qualify

Ghana’s Black Queens ‘journey in the ongoing Turkish Women’s Cup tournament came to an end despite dispatching their Kenyan counterparts 3-1 in the final group game on Tuesday afternoon.

Coach Mercy Tagoe’s side finished second in Group B in their debut campaign with the win over Kenya not enough to qualify them.

The Black Queens cemented the position with six points having lost to Chile then hammered Northern Ireland 4-0 in their first two games.

Captain Elizabeth Addo was in her element at the Starlight Sport Complex by bagging a brace and then setting up Grace Asantewaa later in the game.

Addo expertly converted a free-kick from the edge of the box as early as the ninth minute before completing her double with a penalty strike 8 minutes into the second half. Striker Princella Adubea won the penalty for the Queens.

A neat exchange between Addo and Asantewaa had the young midfielder hit high a measured shot that flew past the Kenyan goalkeeper to give Ghana a 3-0 lead.

Kenya managed to get a consolation goal in stoppage time.

The Black Queens return home as the second-best team in their group with a trophy and medals to show.

Centre-back Janet Egyir was adjudged best defender.

Coach Mercy Tagoe-Qaurcoo will be hoping to build on the over one-week exercise in Turkey as the Queens get ready for a crucial qualifying eliminator to the 2020 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations later in June.

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