CHAMPIONS: Ghana pip Ivory Coast to win inaugural WAFU Women’s Cup

Ghana win WAFU Women's Cup

Ghana were crowned champions of the first ever WAFU Women’s Cup after defeating hosts Ivory Coast 1-0 in the grand final on Saturday 24 February.

Unbeaten en route to the final and having stormed past Ghana in the tournament opener, Ivory Coast arrived in the final with a slight edge.

But all this changed when Jane Egyir broke the deadlock in the third minute to place the Black Queens on the driver’s seat.

Ghana managed to hold to the lead till final whistle to win their second major title after the 2015 All African Games victory.

The win saw Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo, first ever female head coach of the Black Queens, win her first trophy at the helm.

Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo leads Black Queens to WAFU Women's Cup title
Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo leads Black Queens to WAFU Women’s Cup title
Road to grand final

The two sides reached the final in contrasting fashion with Ivory Coast cruising to the final and Ghana mounting a stellar recovery.

The hosts defeated Ghana 1–0, Niger 6–0, and drew 1–1 with Burkina Faso, before beating Mali 2–0 in the semi-final.

After falling to the hosts in their opener, the Ghanaians hammered Niger 9–0, Burkina Faso 4–1 then edged Nigeria 5–4 on penalties in the semi-final.

Earlier, Nigeria claimed a consolation bronze medal after beating 2–1 in the third-place match.

A first-half double from Chinaza Uchendu overturned Diarra Fatouma’s suprising lead to lift Super Falcons to victory.

Individual honours

But that was not enough to steal the show from the Ghanaians who dominated the individual honours as well.

Skipper Portia Boakye, who took the armband in Elizabeth Addo’s absence, finished as topscorer with four goals and three assists.

Grand final hero Jane Egyir picked the player of the tournament while Ivory Coast’s custodian was named best keeper.

Golden Boot: Portia Boakye

Golden Ball: Jane Egyir

Golden Glove: Cynthia Djohore

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