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Ghana’s Black Queens Secure Spot in 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Despite Loss to Namibia

In a bid to secure their place in the upcoming 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) held in Morocco, Ghana’s national women’s football team, the Black Queens, faced off against Namibia in a decisive qualifying match. The game, held at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, ended in a 0-1 victory for Namibia on December 5, 2023. However, the Black Queens managed to secure their spot for the tournament despite this defeat.

The two-leg encounter between the teams concluded with an aggregate score of 3-2 in favor of the Ghanaians. The Black Queens had previously claimed a 3-1 victory in the first leg held in Accra just days before the decisive match.

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Although Namibia took the lead in the 22nd minute of the game, the Black Queens tirelessly pursued an equalizer throughout both halves. Despite their efforts, they were unable to level the score, resulting in a 1-0 victory for Namibia in the second leg. However, the aggregate score favored Ghana, ensuring their qualification for the 2024 WAFCON.

With their qualification secured, Ghana’s Black Queens will join 12 other qualifying teams in the group stages of the tournament. The host nation, Morocco, receives an automatic qualification, making it a total of 15 teams competing in the biennial African women’s football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

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Notably, defending champions South Africa and Algeria have also secured their places in the 15th edition of the WAFCON. The tournament will mark Morocco’s consecutive hosting, having previously hosted the 2022 edition.

The Black Queens’ journey in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations has seen varied performances over the years. Their qualification for the 2024 tournament marks a return to the competition after missing out on the 2022 edition. With past achievements including a third-place finish in 2004 and 2016, and a second-place finish in 2006, the Black Queens aim to make their mark once again in the upcoming tournament.

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