Black Queens look Beijing-bound

Ghana have recorded two wins in as many qualifiers for the Olympic women's football tournament at Beijing 2008, with their win over South Africa on 25 August putting them three points clear of favourites Nigeria.

"We'll be looking to come away with a point," stated Ghana coach Isaac Paha ahead of the Black Queens' visit to South Africa on Saturday 25 August, but his troops managed to go one better and take all three points after a 1-0 win. The only goal of the game was scored by Anita Amankwah on the hour mark against a South African side desperate to get back to winning ways on home soil after opening their campaign on the wrong end of a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Nigeria.

The win puts Ghana a step closer to realising the dream of a whole nation - namely qualifying for their first ever Olympic tournament at Beijing in 2008. The table currently makes good reading for the Ghanaians, with the Black Queens on six points, sitting atop what is now a three-team group after the withdrawal of Ethiopia.

Nigeriastill holding out hope
The South African result is further proof of the Ghana girls' talent after their 1-0 win over favourites Nigeria. The Falcons, however, have not given up hope just yet and showed just what they were capable of against South Africa, demolishing the Banyana Banyana 5-0.

The Nigerians have a reputation to uphold in African women's football, having taken part in two Olympic tournaments already, but only one country per group will qualify directly for Beijing 2008. Ghana and Nigeria are the only two teams still in the running, since South Africa currently have no points and a goal difference of minus six. The team finishing second in the group will have another chance to qualify via a play-off with Brazil.