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Black Queens will face Rwanda in the first round of the 2024 WAFCON qualifications

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Black Queens will face Rwanda in the first round of the 2024 WAFCON qualifications

The Black Queens, Ghana’s senior female national side, has been drawn against Rwanda in the first round of qualification for the 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON).

The opponents were unveiled at a draw event in Rabat, Morocco, on Thursday, July 6.

The winner of the two-legged match will face the winner of the match between The Gambia and Namibia in the second round.

The first round of qualifications will take place from September 18 to September 26, 2023, with the second round taking place from November 27 to December 5, 2023.

Eleven (11) teams are expected to qualify from the second round to participate alongside host Morocco in the main round.

The Black Queens began training for the qualifications some months ago. They played three friendly matches, one against Benin and two against Senegal, all of which they won to prepare for competitive matches.

They were eliminated from the 2022 WAFCON, which was hosted in Morocco, after losing to Nigeria, and they are eager to make amends in this qualifying series.

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“We deserved to win” – Kotoko’s coach following Chelsea defeat

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Samuel Boadu's squad sealed the victory late in the second half with a goal from Mezack Afriyie. After the match, Narteh Ogum voiced his unhappiness over lost opportunities.

Asante Kotoko’s coach, Prosper Narteh Ogum, feels his club did not deserve to lose to Berekum Chelsea.

On Matchday 30, the Porcupine Warriors lost 2-1 to Chelsea at Golden City Park.

Steven Mukwala gave Kotoko the lead, but Stephen Amankona equalised for the home side, bringing the first half to a draw.

Samuel Boadu’s squad sealed the victory late in the second half with a goal from Mezack Afriyie.

After the match, Narteh Ogum voiced his unhappiness over lost opportunities.

“We deserved to win.” We played better and had some good opportunities that we might have taken, but you saw it,” he explained.

“I do not wish to mention that person’s name. Intimidation, that is all,” he said.

However, Asante Kotoko will look to return to winning ways when they meet rivals Hearts of Oak at the Baba Yara Stadium next weekend on Matchday 31.

The setback drops the Reds to 11th place in the league table, with 40 points.

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Bofoakwa Tano bent on staying in the league than winning FA Cup

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In an exclusive chat with Citi Sports, Ababio emphasised the importance of winning the remaining matches to preserve their standing in the Ghana Premier League. "Right now, if I had to pick, I would choose to stay in the league for the time being, but all that aside, we prepare match by match. We're striving to earn and keep premier league status; that's our ultimate goal right now."

Alexander Ababio, Chief Executive Officer of Tano Bofoakwa, has emphasised the importance of remaining in the Ghana Premier League, indicating that he prioritises this over winning the MTN FA Cup and competing in the CAF Interclub tournament.

The Sunyani-based team is positioned 11th in the league, just one point ahead of FA Cup reigning winners Dreams FC, who have four outstanding games owing to their involvement in the MTN FA Cup.

In an exclusive chat with Citi Sports, Ababio emphasised the importance of winning the remaining matches to preserve their standing in the Ghana Premier League.

“Right now, if I had to pick, I would choose to stay in the league for the time being, but all that aside, we prepare match by match. We’re striving to earn and keep premier league status; that’s our ultimate goal right now.”

“With Nsoatreman, I aim to overcome them. Since joining the Premiership, we have played two matches, both of which resulted in draws. Though we beat Dreams FC, we will not be satisfied that we were able to remove them.”

This is going to be a local derby, and we’ll be ready to win.”

The 2023/24 MTN FA Cup final will take place on June 23, 2024, at the University of Ghana Stadium. Bofoakwa Tano’s next Ghana Premier League game will be against Samartex 1996 at the Nsenkyire Sports Complex in Samreboi.

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We are ready to play in the CAF Confederation Cup- Nsoatreman General Manager

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"We're ready. Once we reach the final, we want to win and travel to Africa. When given the opportunity, we will compete in the Africa tournament and do well. It's difficult to play the final in Accra, but we don't have a choice." "During our (Division One) playoff game against Tamale City FC, we transported around 30 fans to Accra in buses. So, in a same vein, we will organise extra buses to bring more fans and increase the lads' support."

Nsoatreman Football Club General Manager Eric Alagidede thinks his squad is prepared to play in the CAF Confederation Cup next season.

He mentioned this in an exclusive interview with CITI TV’s Football Made In Ghana, following his team’s qualification for the 2024 MTN FA Cup Final.

Nsoatreman defeated Legon Cities 2-1 in the semifinals at WAFA Park in Sogakope, setting up a final against crosstown foe Bofoakwa Tano.

The final took place on June 23 at the University of Ghana Stadium, with the winner qualifying for the CAF Confederation Cup.

Speaking of the final, Nsoatreman’s GM expressed confidence in his team’s fitness to compete on the African terrain, noting,

“We’re ready. Once we reach the final, we want to win and travel to Africa. When given the opportunity, we will compete in the Africa tournament and do well. It’s difficult to play the final in Accra, but we don’t have a choice.”

“During our (Division One) playoff game against Tamale City FC, we transported around 30 fans to Accra in buses. So, in a same vein, we will organise extra buses to bring more fans and increase the lads’ support.”

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