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2020 Olympics Qualifiers: Black Queens to face Gabon in 2nd round

Ghana’s Black Queens will face Gabon in the second round of the African qualifiers to the 2020 Summer Olympics women’s football tournament in Tokyo, Japan.

The senior women’s national team were among six eligible sides (including Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, and Kenya) who drew a bye in the opening round of the qualifying tournament.

Gabon featured in the first round played in April and accounted for neighbours Congo, beating them 5-3 on penalties after a 2-2 aggregate over two legs.

Having advanced to the second round of the qualifiers, Gabon now come up against the Black Queens and are scheduled to host the first leg clash on Wednesday, August 28. The match is likely to come off at Stade Augustin Monédan de Sibang in Libreville, same venue they hosted Congo.

Ghana will host the reverse fixture at Cape Coast Stadium on Tuesday, September 3.

The winner of the Ghana-Gabon tie advances to face either Kenya or Malawi in the third round scheduled for September 30 to October 4.

The African qualifiers to next summer’s Olympics will run through to the fifth and final round later in January 2020.

Africa has 1.5 slots for the 2020 Summer Olympics women’s football tournament in Japan. While the winner of the qualifying tournament gains automatic slot, the runner-up will enter a playoff against the second-placed team from CONMEBOL – Chile who finished second at the 2018 Copa América Femenina.




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