Queens hopeful of Olympic glory

16 years ago

Ghana would have 90 minutes to play for a place at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on Saturday in the women's play-off match with Brazil.

An 18-member playing body together with the team’s backroom staff left the Ghanaian capital, Accra, today at 11:00 GMT for Beijing.

The Black Queens would be up for the women's play-off match against Brazil at the Workers’ Stadium in a game to determine who picks the last slot for the Olympic Games on April 19.

The tie pairs CAF’s second placed-team in the qualifiers and another from CONMEBOL to vie for the single slot available at the Beijing games.

Black Queens coach, Mumuni Gamel has selected 18 players for the game and remains positive that Ghana stands a chance of edging the South Americans for the sole ticket to reach the finals of the Beijing Olympic Games.

“We have a done good job ahead of this game and remain very confident in our abilities. They (Brazilians) are a good side that we would be coming up against.

“But this game is going to be decided within 90 minutes and we must take the chances that come our away and maintain our concentration throughout the game,” Gamel told some few minutes before takeoff on Monday.

Ghana failed to clinch the automatic place from the African qualifiers on the last day of the continents qualifiers after an away defeat to Nigeria.

The game against the Brazilians will be played a day before the draw for the finals of the Olympic Football Tournaments 2008, takes place in Beijing.

Ghana squad:

Memunatu Suleimana, Olivia Amoako, Aminatu Ibrahim, Ama Sabi, Doreen Awuah, Adjoa Bayor, Sylla Owusu, Gladys Quansah, Diana Ankomah, Florence Okoe, Gloria Oforiwaa, Portia Boakye, Shila Okine, Safia Abdul Rahman, Anita Amankwah, Patience Pobee, Yaa Avoe, Leticia Zikpi.