Kandoh’s exploits saves Police Ladies

Author: George Ernest Asare: Abuja
Police Ladies in the stand prior their match against KADA Queens of Nigeria
Police Ladies in the stand prior their match against KADA Queens of Nigeria

Good anticipation, superb reflexes and sheer bravado by goalkeeper Linda Yaa Kandoh gave Police Ladies a lifeline as they beat KADA Queens of Nigeria 2-0 to record their first win in the ongoing 2018 Africa Cup for Club Championship in Abuja.

Yaa Kandoh, who is the second choice goalkeeper, justified her selection to keep the post in the third match against KADA Queens last Monday. She proved her worth, especially in the last quarter of the game and at a time Police Ladies were leading 2-0.

KADA Queens, who had always played second fiddle to Police Ladies in such tournaments, started surging forward to attack their Ghanaian opponents from all angles in the last quarter, hoping to redeem the goals scored by Nafisatu Umaru and Martha Safoah in the 13th and 49th minutes respectively.

In one of such attacks in the 50th minute, Justina Onyeduma went solo with the ball virtually glued to her stick, but before she could push it into the ‘D’, the Police Ladies goalkeeper sprawled forward to pluck the ball from the stick of her opponent to the admiration of the fans.

Two minutes later, Linda was on hand again to push Nelson Inatimi's drive to safety, and just before the final whistle she saved another sticky situation.

By their victory, Police Ladies, who lost their first match against Telkom Orange of Kenya and drew with Royal Ladies of GRA on Sunday, have an opportunity to make it to the medal zone if they win their next two matches