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04.10.2004 Football News

Ghana win bronze

By Raymond, Pretoria
Ghana win bronze
LISTEN OCT 4, 2004

Goalkeeper Memunatu Sulemana was the star for Ghana, as they beat Ethiopia 6-5 to finish third at the African Women's Championship.

Sulemana saved three times in the post-match penalty shootout, which followed a boring goalless draw.

Yaa Avoe converted the winning kick.

The result was heartbreaking for Ethiopia, the surprise package of the event.

They made a brave effort to get the better of the tired-looking Ghanaian side during the 90 minutes but could not find a way past Sulemana.

Ethiopia's stand-in goalkeeper, Dagmawit Mekonnen, made two dramatic stops in the shootout.

She stopped Rumanatu Tahiru's kick when the score was 4-4 and again from Ama Saabi at 5-5.

But Ghana' s keeper went one better to hand the Black Queens the bronze medal.

The match was a major disappointment with few clear-cut chances, little enterprise and a persistent lack of possession.

Nigeria meet Cameroon in Sunday's final, seeking to win the trophy for the fourth time.