17.03.2008 Sports News

Queens Lose To Falcons

By Daily Guide
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GHANA'S FEMALE national team, the Black Queens last Saturday lost 0-2 to the Super Falcons of Nigeria in the final match of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games qualifiers played in Abuja.

Reports reaching DAILY GUIDE SPORTS from Nigeria indicated that the reigning African Football Queen, Cynthia Uwak scored a goal in each half to guarantee a place for the Super Falcons in the forthcoming Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

With this victory, the Super Falcons finished on nine points, the same as the Queens, but have sailed through due to superior goals aggregate.

Cynthia Uwak capitalised on the referee's errors to score the first goal, sending the handful chanting supporters at the stadium into wild celebration. The Queens, who had struggled to pull their game together, had their spirit dampened by the goal and only managed to survive several assaults for the rest of the first half by the charged Falcons with play makers Perpetual Nkwocha and Ifeanyi Cheijine firmly controlling affairs from the middle.

Buoyed by the cheers from the fans, the Super Falcons pressed until the second goal came with less than five minutes to end the game.

Nigeria would be making their third appearance at the Olympic Games after representing Africa at Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.

Sources close to the Federation Internationale De Football Association (FIFA) however revealed that the Black Queens are not yet totally out of the competition, as they have another chance to make amends with a crucial play off encounter with mighty Brazil on April 19 this year in which the winner will take the last slot.

By Pierre Toto

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