Olympic Games Kundananji strike enough to earn Zambia’s Copper Queens win over Ghana

Zambia defeated Ghana’s Black Queens 1-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium in the first leg of the 2024 Paris Olympics third-round qualifiers on Friday.

The Copper Queens, who were hoping for back-to-back Olympic qualification, made their intentions clear from the first kick of the ball; however, the Black Queens managed to hold off the deadly combination of Barbra Banda and Rachael Kundananji for a little period.

After 19 minutes of play, they couldn’t stop the duo as Kundananji exploited her pace to beat Ghana’s goalkeeper, Victoria Agye, to the near post for the opening goal.

The Copper Queens could have scored more in the first half, but most of their scoring chances were carefully defended, with Kabange Mupopo’s effort blocked inside the 18-yard line at the half-hour mark. Ghana began the second half determined to turn the game around, dominating ball possesion.

They continued to apply pressure in search of an equalizer, but the Zambian defense, led by Lushomo Mwemba and Pauline Zulu, stood firm. The Copper Queens’ midfield was clearly outplayed by the Ghanaians, forcing Bruce Mwape to replace veterans Racheal Nachula and Kabange Mupopo with Avell Chitundu and Fridah Kabwe, who provided some stability with 66 minutes played.

With time running out, the Black Queens had little chance of reversing the score, which ended with Zambia winning by a single goal. The second leg between Ghana and Zambia will take place on Wednesday next week at the Levy Mwanawansa Stadium in Ndola.

  • Additional information Bola News.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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