Ghana sweats on the availability of keeper Martey ahead of Mali clash


Ghana sweats on the availability of keeper Martey ahead of Mali clash
Ghana Black Queens players celebrate Linda Eshun (3) equalizer against Harambee Starlets during their pre-AWCON International friendly match played at Kasarani stadium in Nairobi on November 07, 2018. The match ended 1-1. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • Ghana’s head coach Hayford Basir will make a late decision as to whether to field midfielder Priscilla Okyere and first choice goalkeeper Patricia Martey in the African Women Cup of Nations Group A fixture against Mali later this evening.
  • The Black Queens who won 1-0 against Algeria in their opening fixture last Saturday will take on their West Africa counterparts Mali from 6.30PM (East African Time) as Cameroon confront Algeria from 9.30pm.
  • Keeper Mantey suffered a straight ankle injury in their first match while Okyere picked a knock on her shoulder

Radio Citizen Sports Presenter/Show Host Geoffrey Mwamburi.Geoffrey Mwamburi in Accra,Ghana

Ghana’s head coach Hayford Basir will make a late decision as to whether to field midfielder Priscilla Okyere and first choice goalkeeper Patricia Martey in the African Women Cup of Nations Group A fixture against Mali later this evening.

The Black Queens who won 1-0 against Algeria in their opening fixture last Saturday will take on their West Africa counterparts Mali from 6.30pm (East African Time) as Cameroon confront Algeria from 9.30pm.

Keeper Mantey suffered an ankle injury in their first match while Okyere picked a knock on her shoulder and they will be assessed by the Ghanaian medical staff to see whether they will be ready to play.

Speaking to Citizen Digital at the El-Wak Stadium where the team had their training session on Monday ahead of today’s duel , Basir said he hopes the two will be  fit to feature in the match.

“The two are among my best players in the team and I will really need their services against Mali. The doctors attended to them and said Mantey injury is not that serious as of Okyere.

“It’s my hope that I will have them in my first eleven,”he enthused.

Elsewhere, Algerian head coach Fertoul Radia will still miss services of her lethal striker Lina Khelif who sustained an injury in the run up to the tourney.

In their match against Ghana, coach Fertoul said their loss was due to unavailability of her ‘best striker’. “We will still miss Khelif in today’s match. The doctors said she still needs time to recover and I feel we will have a hard time playing without her. Cameroonians are very tough, we saw their match against Mali and we must be very careful more so in our defence.”

Second round of Group B Matches will be played tomorrow at Cape Coast . Champions Nigeria who got a shock 1-0 defeat against Banyana Banyana of South Africa will play Shepolopolo of Zambia from 6.30pm as Equatorial Guinea who were humiliated 5-0 by Zambia take on South Africa later at 9.30pm.

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