African Games 2023: Ghana stuns Nigeria in dramatic comeback to win women’s football gold


Ghana’s U20 women’s football team, the Black Princesses, etched their names into the annals of African Games history with a stunning comeback victory over perennial rivals Nigeria.

The resounding 2-1 win secured Ghana’s second-ever gold medal in the women’s football tournament at the 13th African Games, amidst scenes of jubilation at the Cape Coast Stadium on Thursday night.

The showdown began with Nigeria’s Falconets taking the lead in the 28th minute, courtesy of a well-taken strike by Edeh Njideka.

Despite the setback, the Black Princesses refused to wilt under pressure, buoyed by the unwavering support of a fervent home crowd. Determined to overcome the deficit, Ghana launched a spirited assault in the second half.

As the tension reached its zenith, Tracey Twum delivered a moment of brilliance with a sublime 78th-minute equalizer, igniting hope among the Ghanaian faithful.

With the match deadlocked, the stage was set for a dramatic denouement in extra time. And it was Mukarama Abdulai who etched her name into Ghanaian folklore, unleashing a classy winner that sent the stadium into raptures.

In the aftermath of the historic triumph, Ghana’s head coach, Yussif Basigi, expressed immense pride in his team’s never-say-die spirit, hailing them as champions in every sense of the word.

The victory, achieved in front of an adoring home crowd, epitomized the indomitable spirit of Ghanaian football.

However, the euphoria of Ghana’s triumph was tinged with sympathy for Nigeria, who had appeared to be cruising towards the African Games title before succumbing to Ghana’s electrifying fightback.

Despite their disappointment, the Falconets showcased formidable skill and tenacity throughout the tournament, ultimately settling for the silver medal.

Meanwhile, Uganda clinched the bronze medal after emerging victorious over Senegal in the third-place playoff earlier in the day, capping off an enthralling tournament marked by breathtaking displays of athleticism and sportsmanship.

As the final whistle blew and the confetti rained down, it was Ghana’s night to shine, as the nation’s rising stars announced themselves on the continental stage with a triumph that will be remembered for generations to come.

In a fitting finale to an unforgettable tournament, Ghana stood tall as the crowned queens of African Games football, their victory serving as a testament to the power of perseverance and the magic of the beautiful game.

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