Ghana, Botswana qualify for Women’s Africa Cup of Nations


Ghana qualified for the 2024 TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations despite losing Tuesday’s second leg 1-0 away to Namibia in their dramatic final qualifier.

Black Queens survived an almighty scare against Namibia’s Gladiators to seal qualification for the competition to be played in Morocco next year.

It returns Ghana to the continental stage after agonisingly missing out on qualification for the last tournament in 2022.

It will be the first time the Black Queens will be playing in the WAFCON since they last hosted the event in 2018.

Boasting a 3-1 lead from last week’s home first leg, the Black Queens conceded early to trail 1-0 in the away return fixture in Windhoek.

The surprise deficit sparked tension as ambitious Namibia sought a famous aggregate upset against their established West African rivals.

Yet despite a defiant effort, the Gladiators ultimately fell just short as Ghana’s quality and experience shone through when it mattered most.

The Black Queens ultimately prevailed 3-2 overall to clinch their place at Morocco 2024 and return to the continental tournament.

Meanwhile, Botswana secured their place at the tournament in Morocco after defeating Kenya 1-0at the Botswana National Stadium in Gaborone on Tuesday.

Keitumetse Dithebe scored the winner for Botswana as Kenya’s Cynthis Shilwatso saw her penalty saved by goalkeeper Sedilame Bosija who also saved Violet Nanjala’s penalty away in Nairobi during the first leg.

The home side advance 2-1 on aggregate after holding the Kenyan Starlets to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the final qualifier.

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