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20.11.2008 Football News

Black Queens Lose

By Daily Guide

Ghana could be heading for an early shower after losing to Bayana Bayana of South Africa in the ongoing African Women Championship (AWC).

The Black Queens, who were a pale shadow of themselves after showing a great form against the Super Falcons of Nigeria, conceded the only goal of the game in the first half.

The South African's who have been playing second fiddle to the Black Queens  and the Super Falcons, caused a stir in the game when they dominated in all departments of the game. Ghana indeed missed the services of enterprising striker, Anita Amankwah who is the top scorer of the team but is now out with an injury.

Banyana Banyana who also defeated Tunisia in the opening game of Group B, scored through intelligent Veronica Phewa's 22nd minute volley that now puts them firmly in the front seat for a place in the last four.

They thoroughly deserved the victory too, holding off Ghana at the back, defending brilliantly and creating numerous chances that should have given them a bigger-margin victory.

For lack of urgency in their attack during the second half, the South Africans could have added two more goals.

They struck the bar once but were mostly denied by some brilliant goalkeeping from Ghana's Memunatu Suleimana.

Ghana can still qualify for the next stage of the competition depending on the outcome of the Nigeria vrs Tunisia game but the three-time runners-up are at a distinct disadvantage with South Africa on maximum points. By Charles Nixon Yeboah

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