My team was brave and I cannot blame them - Black Queens coach Nora Häuptle

Published on: 29 February 2024

The hopes of the Ghanaian women's football team, the Black Queens, were dashed as they faced a stunning defeat at the hands of Zambia.

Despite a valiant effort in the second leg, Ghana fell short, ultimately succumbing to a 4-3 aggregate loss and relinquishing their chance to compete in the upcoming Olympic Games.

The journey began with a tense first leg match at the Accra Sports Stadium, where Zambia seized the advantage with a narrow 1-0 victory over the Black Queens. The pressure was on Ghana as they headed into the return leg in Ndola, knowing they needed a strong performance to overturn the deficit.

In a thrilling encounter, the Black Queens fought tooth and nail, displaying resilience and determination on the field. Despite their best efforts, Zambia managed to hold them to a 3-3 draw in the second leg.

"My team was brave my team was playing football my team was fighting and I cannot blame them at all," she said.

"In the end sometimes it is hard the late free kick and the red card the last minute those things can happen of course we would have loved to go all in all disappointing for us," she added.