WAFU: Ghana seal Nigeria date in semis as Ivory Coast top Group A

Black Queens through to WAFU Women's Cup semi-finals
Black Queens through to WAFU Women's Cup semi-finals

Ivory Coast and Ghana claimed emphatic wins over Niger and Burkina Faso on Sunday to storm to the WAFU Women’s Cup semi-finals.

Ghana completed a remarkable turnaround as they rallied from their opening defeat to finish the group stage with a 4–1 thrashing of Burkina Faso.

Burkina Faso surrendered all momentum after their blistering start: hammering Niger before drawing with hosts Ivory Coast.

The Stallions went two goals down by the break courtesy of Portia Boakye’s 21st minute opener and Grace Asantewaa strike in the 38th minute.

Priscilla Okyere added a third after the interval before Salimata Simpore pulled one back to score in her third successive match.

But Player of the Match Boakye completed her brace soon thereafter to send Burkina Faso crashing out of the tournament.

Nrehy nets four

Meanwhile, hosts Ivory Coast cruised to a 7–0 win to hand Niger their third successive whacking.

Player of the Match Ines Nrehy opened the scoring in the 12th minute before adding a second half hat-trick.

Essoh Nadège, Christine Lohoues and an own goal rounded off the victory for the hosts to extend their unbeaten run.

Ivory Coast finish top of Group A on 7 points to book a date with Group B’s runners-up, who will be known after the Senegal-Mali clash on Monday.

Ghana finish second in the group to seal a mouthwatering date in the semi-finals with Group B winners Nigeria.

 Final Group A Ranking

1- Ivory Coast 7 pts (+8)

2- Ghana: 6 pts (+11)

3- Burkina Faso: 4 pts (+1)

4- Niger: 0 pt (-20)

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