Amfobea inspires Ghana to winning start

A 12th minute goal by Gladys Amfobea was enough for hosts Ghana to pick all three points against Algeria in the opening game on Saturday in Accra.

Buoyed by their teeming fans, the Black Queens started the game on a front foot dictating the pace with Captain Elizabeth Addo leading the onslaught.

The Algerians responded with a couple of attacks on their own but the Black Queens marshalled around Faustina Ampah was equal to the task.

After some pressure, Amfobea took advantage of a miscued pass to volley the ball home for the opener and send the fans in the stadium into ecstasy.

Algeria made their first change in the 26th minute after Amina Chahinez got injured and was replaced by Imene Merrouche.

Back from recess and the Algerians upped their game creating several anxious moments for the defense of Ghana, but poor finishing coupled with good saves by the Ghana goalkeeper let them down.

Substitute Jane Anyiem scored a goal but was ruled out as being offside as Ghana held on to snatch victory.

Total Woman of the Match: Sherifatu Sumaila (Ghana)

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Bashir Hayford (Head coach- Ghana)

It was a good game for us. We started well and mounted pressure and got an early goal in the 12th minute. We tried very hard to get more goals, but my girls could not find the target and we squandered all the chances. We have the three points and though the fans might have been looking for more goals, I think we did what was expected of us, and that was to win.

The Algerians played well and were resolute in defense especially after we scored and I will say kudos to them for a good game.

We play our next game on Tuesday against Mali, so we will go back to the drawing board and correct our mistakes so that we will improve in that game.

Radia Fertoul (Head Coach- Algeria)

It was a good game, but the pitch did not favour us. Ghana came hard at us in the opening exchanges and got the goal very early. We regrouped and played our hearts out to get at least the equalizer, unfortunately we lost.

We will try our best to improve on our game and score some goals. The girls did very well and played according to instructions but its football and such things happen. It's back to the drawing board for us and we play next on Tuesday.

I will say congratulations to Ghana for the win. The fans were also good and they supported both teams, so we hope to be back better on Cameroon.

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football

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