African Games 2023: Ghana and Nigeria face off in women’s final


The stage is set as hosts Ghana and their arch-rivals Nigeria prepare to lock horns in what promises to be a titanic women’s football final on Thursday.

The journey to this highly anticipated showdown was paved with intense semi-final clashes that had fans on the edge of their seats, underscoring the fierce competition and talent on display in this prestigious tournament.

Ghana’s semi-final battle against Senegal was a testament to the host nation’s determination and skill. Cheered on by a vociferous home crowd, the Black Queens made their intentions clear from the outset.

Tracy Twum’s early strike in the 18th minute set the tone, with Ophelia Amponsah adding to the tally just before halftime.

Although Senegal managed to pull one back early in the second half, Amponsah’s second goal ensured Ghana’s dominance was rewarded with a 3-1 victory and a spot in the final.

Uganda to face Senegal in the bronze medal 

On the other side, Nigeria’s encounter with Uganda was a nail-biter, showcasing the tactical depth and resilience of both teams. The Super Falcons, known for their prowess on the African football stage, were tested by a determined Ugandan side.

The deadlock was finally broken in the 74th minute by Judith Adaobi Okah’s crucial goal, with Chiamaka Okuchukwu cementing Nigeria’s 2-0 win and their place in the final with a late strike.

This sets the scene for a thrilling finale between Ghana and Nigeria, reigniting a historic rivalry that has captivated football fans across Africa for decades.

Both teams have demonstrated their credentials as top contenders for the gold medal, and with pride, glory, and national honor at stake, the final is expected to be a showcase of African women’s football at its best.

As anticipation builds for the gold medal clash, the bronze medal match between Uganda and Senegal also looms large, offering both teams a chance to finish the tournament on a high note.

With the eyes of the continent turned towards these thrilling encounters, the African Games are once again proving to be a crucible for the talent and spirit of African football.

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