WAFU Women's Cup: Ghana 0-0 Mali [8-7 pens]: Black Queens claim bronze in shoot-out win

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Mercy Tagoe's team failed to see off the Malians in regulation time but were triumphant in the penalty shoot-out

Ghana defeated Mali 8-7 on penalties to win the WAFU Women's Cup bronze at Stade Robert Champroux on Saturday.

Going into the contest, Mercy Tagoe's ladies were aiming for a consolatory medal after Thursday's semi-final loss to Nigeria.

On the other hand, Mali, who suffered back-to-back semi-final defeats to Cote d'Ivoire, were hoping to avoid a third-place loss.
The Black Queens could have gained the lead in the first half through Mukarama Abdulai and Alice Kusi but Mali's goalkeeper Aboudou Konate denied them.

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In the second half, Ghana goalkeeper Fafali Dumehasi made crucial saves to halt the efforts of Bassira Toure and Aissata Traore and ensured the score was locked at 0-0.

In the penalty shoot-out, the Ghanaians held their nerves to convert their kicks from the spot before a miss for Mali won them the bronze.

Despite failing to defend their title, Ghana are leaving the competition from Abidjan empty-handed for Accra.