Nora Häuptle praises Black Queens despite failing to qualify for Olympic Games

Zambia's Barbara Banda dented Ghana's dreams with a decisive goal in the 97th minute, securing victory for the Copper Queens

Despite the heartbreaking end to their Olympic journey, Ghana’s senior national female football team, the Black Queens, showcased resilience and skill, earning praise from their coach, Nora Häuptle.

The Black Queens saw their hopes of qualifying for the Paris Olympic Games dashed in a nail-biting encounter against Zambia. Despite their commendable performance throughout the Women’s Olympic Games Qualifiers, which included victories over Guinea and Benin, the Black Queens faced a formidable challenge in overturning their first-leg defeat to Zambia.

The match witnessed an intense battle, with Ghana managing to equalise the aggregate score in the 64th minute, raising hopes of a dramatic turnaround. 

However, Zambia’s Barbara Banda dented Ghana’s dreams with a decisive goal in the 97th minute, securing a 4-3 aggregate victory for the Copper Queens.

After the game, Black Queens’ head coach Nora Häuptle lauded her team’s courage and determination. 

“My team was brave, my team was playing football, my team was fighting, I can’t blame them at all. Sometimes it’s hard,” Häuptle remarked.

Despite the disappointment of defeat, Häuptle acknowledged Zambia’s resilience and skill. “They scored a free kick and the red card in the last minute. We would have loved to go overtime, but all in all, it’s disappointing for us, but kudos to Zambia,” she added.

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