In a rare turn of events, the Black Queens conceded their first goal in 10 games since Nora Hauptle took charge of the team in February 2023. The lone goal came as an own goal by Portia Boakye during their 3-1 win over Namibia in the first leg of the final round of the 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Accra Sports Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Before this game, the Black Queens had maintained an impressive record of going nine matches without conceding a goal while scoring a total of 31 goals in those contests.
Despite the conceded goal, the Black Queens secured a significant 3-1 victory, setting themselves in a favorable position for the second leg in Namibia on Tuesday, December 5. Success in the second leg would see the Black Queens through to the AFCON.
Doris Boaduwaa opened the scoring for the Black Queens in the 26th minute, followed by Portia Boakye’s direct corner goal, which sent Ghana into the break with a 2-0 lead. Doris struck again in the 58th minute, making it 3-0 for the Black Queens. Namibia managed to reduce the deficit when Portia Boakye turned the ball into her own net, concluding the game with a 3-1 scoreline.