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05.09.2004 Football News

Black Queens Go For Gold

By Evelyn Nsiah Asare (SpaceFm,Sunyani)
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The group stages of the 4th African Championship for women football had not even settled, but soccer experts had foreseen a favourate Ghana-Nigeria final. Soccer connoisseurs of Nigeria had even gone further to dream of a Nigeria win. They are of the view that, the Super Falcons has what it takes to win this tourney. Indeed, the Super Falcons exhibited an improved performance in the just ended Olympic Games as compared to last year's women World Cup. The Super Falcons beat Ghana black Queens on penalties to qualify for the Olympic Games on Ghana's own soil on Valentine day 2004. Needless to mention the disappointment this loss brought to Ghana soccer funs.

Ever since this tourney started, the Nigerians had been taken all the gold medals. The Super Falcons beat the Black Queens of Ghana 2:0 in the median Edition in 1998 to lift the first Gold medal. In 2000, they also beat South Africa 2:0. Two years after (2002), they beat Black Queens 2:0 to take the trophy the third time which made the two teams qualified for the USA 2003.

This time round, Black Queens cannot afford to miss this trophy. The Black Queens were the only national team which gave glory to Ghana last year for taken part in the women's World Cup in USA. The black stars did not qualify for the Cup of Nations (and have never qualified for the World Cup) and their junior side did not also qualify for the Under 17 World Championship. The just ended Olympic Games which saw the Black Meteors taken the early shower to Ghana had caused the soccer fans a lot. The Black Queens should be given the necessary help so that they can bring laurels to Ghana. After all, as the Akan adage goes, 'wo foro duapa a na yepia wo' (which literally means the one who climbs the fruitful tree is the one who deserves support most), so why do we give all the supports to the male soccer whilst we are ignoring the female soccer?

Long live Women Soccer, Long live Ghana Black Queens.