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01.11.2006 Football News

Ghana Black Queens Hopeful Of Semi's Ticket

By FA
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Black Queens coach Isaac Paha is upbeat about Ghana's chances against Cameroon in their second Group B game of the African Women's Championship in Ughelli today.

The Black Queens after their opening day's 1-0 win brush up on Tuesday in Ughelli for the match against the Indomitable Lioness with Isaac Paha is looking ahead to the game with much optimism.

Ghana, two-time runners up in the African Women's Championship comes up against Cameroon, the 2004 runners-up, in a game that could hand the Black Queens a place in the semi-finals if they beat the Indomitable Lioness.

Cameroon were held to a 1-1 draw by ten-man DR Congo in Ughelli in their first group B game.

And ahead of the game against the Indomitable Lioness, Ghana coach, Isaac Paha is confident his side would play to the best of their abilities, thus an improvement from their first game.

"There are a few corrections here and there and we will go back to the drawing board to ensure we come out a lot better in the next game," the Ghana coach said ahead of the team's last training session before Wednesday's game.

"The team did not play 100 per cent to my instructions but I cannot ask for more since we got the three points".

Ghana are attempting a first major continental success as the two finalist aside battling for the African crown, secure automatic qualification to the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup to be hosted by China in September.

The Black Queens are hopeful of clinching the continental title, which they have missed out narrowly on two occasions, losing out to Nigeria in both finals.

Ghana, highly rated in women's football are bent of rewriting the scripts in the female sport which Nigeria has dominated with the Super Falcons eyeing a fifth African Women's Championship.

The Black Queens remain the only team in Africa to have beaten Nigeria, with a 1-0 victory in the 2002 edition of the African Women's Championship.

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