2018 Women’s AFCON: Goalie Patricia Mantey to miss Cameroun clash

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Patricia Mantey

Head coach of the Black Queens Bashir Hayford says he is not sure whether goalkeeper Patricia Mantey will make the starting XI for their decisive game against Cameroun on Friday, November 23.

The Immigration Ladies goalkeeper picked an injury during their second Group A game against Mali which they lost 1-2.

Speaking in an interview on Thursday, Coach Bashir noted that Mantey remained a doubt for the game adding a late fitness test on the goalkeeper will decide her fate

“The goalkeeper [Patricia Mantey] had some knocks before we came down from Kenya and out of the three goalkeepers she is the number one and there is no doubt about that.

“But in the last game, during the penalty she got a knock on her hand and as at now, she is 60 per cent fit but I can’t tell if she will be in the post or not for tomorrow’s game. We will wait until the final training to take a decision,” he said.

Coach Bashir, however, could not tell which of the two remaining goalkeepers (Nana Ama Asantewaa or Fafali Dumahisi) will be in the post should Mantey fail to recover on time.

The Black Queens won their opening Group A game 1-0 against Algeria but lost 2-1 to Mali and per the results, Ghana will now have no option but to win their final group match against Cameroun on Friday to stand a chance of making it to the semi-final of the tournament.