A Portia Boakye volley gave Ghana’s Black Queens a 1-0 victory to claim the gold medal in the women’s football tournament at the All Africa Games.
Boakye scored in the 88th minute following a scramble from a missed penalty by Agnes Aduaku.
The Queens were kept on the back foot by the Cameroonians for a large part of the match but they remained defensively solid until they got the penalty.
Ghana started the final as underdogs especially losing to Cameroon in the final round of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games qualifiers and the Cameroonians went on the offensive early in the match to get the goal but they were let down by poor finishing and the occasional bad bounce of the ball on the pitch.
The Queens went on the break late in the match but Edem Atovor was fouled by a Cameroonian defender in the penalty area forcing the referee Marximina Benardo to point to the spot.
Kotoko Ladies’ Aduaku saw her kick saved by Cameroonian goalie Annette Ngo Ndom but an attempted rebound by Aduaku which was blocked by the goalkeeper sent the ball into the air.
The Cameroonian defence headed it away but the ball fell to Boakye who fired in a left-footed volley into the roof of the net to give Ghana the win and the gold medal.
In addition, it was revenge for Ghana after they were denied a place in the Olympics by Cameroon earlier this year.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana');