Black Queens look to overturn first leg defeat against Zambia on 28 February

Häuptle believes that the team's approach to stabilising the game will be key to their victory

In a bid to secure their path to the next round of the Women’s Olympic Games Qualifiers, Ghana’s senior national women’s football team, the Black Queens, under the guidance of head coach Nora Häuptle, are gearing up for a crucial rematch against Zambia.

The encounter is scheduled for Wednesday (28 February), at the Levy Nwanawasa Sports Stadium in Ndola, Zambia.

Following a narrow 1-0 loss in the first leg held in Accra on Friday (23 February), the Black Queens are looking to turn the tide in their favour.

Coach Häuptle, despite acknowledging the setback, expressed confidence in her team’s performance, highlighting their dominance on the pitch during the initial encounter.

“We lost the game 1-0 in Accra, but we had good performance on the pitch. When you look at the statistics, they were all on our side, and we deserved that. I think that’s how football goes sometimes,” said Häuptle, emphasising the team’s strengths and resilience.

With the upcoming match pivotal to their Olympic aspirations, Häuptle outlined the team’s strategy, emphasising the importance of finding their scoring touch. “We also have some plans for tomorrow, and it’s our approach to stabilising the game; we need to score, and we are aware of that, and we will see tomorrow on the pitch what our plans are,” she remarked.

The Black Queens have showcased remarkable prowess throughout the Qualifiers, conceding only a single goal in five games while netting an impressive total of 12 goals. Victory over Zambia could propel Häuptle’s side to the fourth round, where they could potentially face off against Morocco or Tunisia. Notably, Morocco holds a slight advantage following a 2-1 victory in their first-leg encounter.

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