Ghana’s Black Queens are set to continue their goal-scoring spree as they host Rwanda’s She-Amavubis in the second leg of their 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) qualifiers at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The Black Queens head into the match with a commanding 7-0 lead from the first leg encounter at the Kigali Pele Stadium last Wednesday.
In the previous match, goals from Doris Boaduwaa, Evelyn Badu, Princella Adubea, Alice Kusi, and Anasthesia Achiaa led to one of the team’s most significant victories, rendering the return fixture a mere formality.
Compounding the challenges for Rwanda is the suspension of their head coach, Grace Nyinawumuntu, by the country’s football governing body due to unsavory and sexist remarks made about the Ghanaian players following the heavy loss.
Unlike in boxing, where one side can throw in the towel to prevent further humiliation, the Rwandans are expected to face an improving Black Queens side that is heavily favored to win by a considerable margin and solidify their path to the next round.
Under the guidance of Coach Nora Hauptle, the Black Queens have been dominant, achieving impressive results. Tomorrow’s game presents an opportunity for another lopsided victory. Since Hauptle took charge in January, the team has recorded six successive wins, scored 21 goals, and maintained clean sheets in all matches. They defeated Benin (3-0), secured back-to-back victories against Senegal (3-0, 1-0), thrashed Guinea (3-0, 4-0), and routed Rwanda 7-0 last Wednesday.
In tomorrow’s match, the Ghanaians are expected to maintain their attacking intensity, with key players like Badu, Boaduwaa, Portia Boakye, Azumah Bugre, Alice Kusi, Nyamekye Stella, Salifu Safiatu, and Tweneboaa Justice all available for selection. With qualification to the next round all but assured, Coach Hauptle may opt to rotate her squad, giving other players like Ernestina Abambila, Achiaa, Vivian Adjei Konadu, Grace Acheampong, Adubea, and Mary Amponsah a starting role in tomorrow’s encounter.