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2024-03-21  Ghana Premier League

Black Princesses beat Nigeria to secure gold for Ghana

Ghana's U-20 women's team, the Black Princesses, secured the country's 11th gold medal at the ongoing African Games, after an impressive come-from-behind extra time victory against Nigeria at the Cape Coast Stadium on Thursday night.

The Ghanaians fell behind early on when goalkeeper Afi Amenyeku fumbled a harmless ball in the penalty box, which allowed Edeh Njideka to pounce on the loose ball to fire Nigeria ahead in the 23rd minute.

But the Princesses showed great spirit and determination after going behind and was the better side for the rest of the first half where they created good opportunities but failed to convert any of them.

Cheered on by a roaring capacity crowd in Cape Coast, Yussif Basigi's girls finally found the breakthrough in the 77th minute when Tracy Twum fired into the roof of the net after finding space on the left flank. Ghana were level.

Neither side found a winner in regulation time and the game headed to extra time.

Mukarama Abdulai scored the winner in the 9th minute of extra time, when she controlled a beautiful pass inside the area before firing a low drive into the bottom corner. Delirium ensued and the decibels reached sky high inside the Cape Coast Stadium.

And despite late pressure from the Super Falconets, the Princesses held on for the win.

It is Ghana's second gold medal in the women's football event in the African Games, having also won gold in the 2015 edition, that time, the team was also coached by the same man, Yussif Basigi.

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