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.