Ghana's Black Queens sustained their superiority over the Democratic Republic of Congo when they again made mince meat of the Central African nation with a 3-1 thrashing at the Sunyani Coronation Park yesterday in their first leg of the 2008 Olympic qualifier.
The DRC women started the game with much confidence and for the first 10 minutes stayed on top until the homesters realised the Herculean task ahead of them to win the match convincingly. There and then striker Anita Amankwah opened the scoring when she connected a cross from Ramatu Tahiru.
Intelligent midfielder, Florence Okoe, who had a great game, made it two for her side after beating an offside trap to tap the ball home cooly after beating on-rushing keeper Nganzale.
Okoe's goal was enough testimony to the fact that the visitors were indeed tired of the splendid performance and stamina the Queens possessed as they all flocked to the touchlines to cool themselves with iced water.
The Queens were a hard nut to crack and with their resillience they earned a free kick some metres outside the penalty box of the visitors from which Tahiru scored when Nganzale failed to grab at first time.
As the going got tough for the DRC women, they made their first substitution, pulling out midfielder Bongo Lunenigo for Nabilana Nadime.
The Queens' technical bench made two substitutions in the 56th and 61st minutes, bringing on Safia Abdul Rahman for Aminatu Abraham and Sheila Okine to replace Tahiru, apparently to consolidate their 3-0 lead.
The DRC responded with two more substitutions in the 71st and the 72nd minutes and the substitutions favoured the visitors whose pressure to at least redeem a goal earned them a penalty given by Senegalese referee Dai Fadouma, which defender Kiuyu Guyssie converted expertly to beat Queens goalkeeper Sulemana Memunatu who was not fully tested in the game.
Queens: Memunatu Sulemana, Mavis Danso, Olivia Amoako, Abass Hamdya, Doreen Awuah, Florence Okoe, Aminatu Ibrahim/Safia Abdul Rahman, Adwoa Bayor, Rumanatu Tahiru/Sheila Okine, Anita Amankwah, Memuna Darko
Story by Akwasi Amparatwum-Mensah