Women's AFCON: Ghana beat Algeria 1-0

Author: Maurice Quansah
Ghana's Black Queens celebrating their winning goal

Ghana opened their 2018 Total Africa Cup of Nations campaign on a winning note after beating Algeria 1-0 in the opening match of the tournament at the Accra Stadium on Saturday. 

The Black Queens scored the winning goal in the 13th minute through Gladys Amfobea who unleashed a powerful long ranger past Algeria goalkeeper Kahina Takenint into the roof of the net.

Ghana dominated the first half but failed to make it count as the hosts wasted many scoring opportunities.

 After recess, the Algerians looked re-energised as they forced the Ghanaians to make some timely clearances with goalkeeper Patricia Mantey pulling off some decisive saves.

Her opposite number Takenint was equally busy late into the game as Ghana mounted sustained pressure on the Algerian defence but survived the onslaught with Takenint ensuring the Black Queens did not increase the tally.

Ghana forward Sherifatu Sumaila was voted Total Player of the Match.