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Ghana book Final Berth
Ghana will take on fierce rivals Cameroon in the final of the All Africa Womens’ Tournament, after they defeated Algeria 3-0 in the semi-final on Wednesday morning.
Cameroon had beaten South Africa in the first semi-final on Tuesday and the two giants of African football will now clash at the National Stadium on Saturday with All Africa Games gold medals at stake.
Ghana had little problem of disposing of Algeria, whose fragility in the centre of defence was their undoing.
The players were greeted by an overcast day at Maxaquene Stadium, a respite from the intense heat of the past week and Ghana were quick to use the conditions to assert their ascendancy with Mercy Myles and Agnes Quaye dominating the midfield tussles.
Algeria’s weakness in defence was exposed in the 17th minute when a cross from the right touchline was not clear by Isma Ouadah and the bouncing ball was deflected by Leila Meflah into the path of Elizabeth Cudjoe, who fired the ball into the net from an acute angle.
Seven minutes later and once again Ouadah miscued a clearance in the middle of the field allowing Cudjoe to pounce, run the length of the half, before drawing Nadjet Fedoul off her line and placing he ball past the diving Algerian keeper to complete her brace.
In the 38thminute Ghana extended their lead and ended the game as a contest when Myles was not picked up by the Algerian defence, while in the area, and she had time to pick her spot and place the ball beyond Fedoul.
To Algeria’s credit they regrouped during the break and produced a much-improved defensive performance in the second period and reduced the Ghanaians to long-distance efforts, which failed to test Fedoul.
However, the extra effort in protecting their goal meant they had little to offer at the end of the field and the Black Queens easily dealt with any counter attack, which came their way.
The Cameroon team were in attendance and while they might not read too much into Ghana’s superiority, considering their opponents on the day, they will know they will have to contain the likes of Cudjoe and Myles if they are to be lifting gold medals come Saturday evening.
Ghana: Mantey, Addai, Egyir, Ampem (Acheampong 33’), Ibrahim (Aduako 70’), Kobbiah, Myles, Cudjoe, Quaye (Addo 56’), Adobea, Boakye
Algeria: Fedoul, Sekouane, Meflah, Marek, Boumrar (Kesri 67’), Ouadah, Zerrouki (Yahi 37’), Imloui, Bekhedda, Boutchiche, Bouhani (Bentorki 76’)
Semi-final Results
13 Sept                      Cameroon 2 South Africa 0                       Maxaquene
14 Sept                      Ghana 3 Algeria 0                                       Maxaquene
Third Place Play Off
16 Sept                      South Africa v Algeria                                 Maxaquene
17 Sept                      Cameroon v Ghana                                                 National Stadium 
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