Ghanaian champions Ampem Darkoa Ladies passed up a spot in the final of the 2023 CAF Womens’ Champions League subsequent to losing on penalties to Sporting Club Casablanca on Wednesday November 15.
Ampem Darkoa Ladies missed three of their spots one more than that of their Moroccan opponents as they experienced a 3-2 loss in the shootout after playing out a throbbing 2-2 draw 120 minutes of action.
Comfort Yeboah, Latifa Abesik and Ophelia Serwaa Amponsah all missed their penalty kicks in the run up to the loss.
Comfort Yeboah ignited the hope of Ampem Darkoa Ladies after only six minutes played moving forward to change over from the penalty spot to give them the lead.
The penalty was awarded after the ball came off the hands of a Casablanca defender after Jennifer Owusuaa’s attempted dribble.
Despite going down, the Moroccan side took control of the game thereafter and took the game to the Ghanaians as they forced goalkeeper Charlotte Adjei into excellent saves.
Nonetheless, the Ghanaian side saw their goal counterbalanced with goalscorer Comfort Yeboah finding his own net this around for the equaliser.
The delight for the North African side was fleeting as Jennifer Owusuaa got her first goal of the competition with a flat out belter from 25 yards out.
She exploited the goalkeeper’s unfortunate positioning to beat her from a long-range and reestablish Ampem Darkoa’s lead.
The 2-1 was enough for the Ghanaian reps heading into the break.
Casablanca returned from the break mounting pressure on the WAFU B champions and got the prize as they scored from the punishment spot after a foul in the 18-yard box.
The rest of the game saw the two teams creating several opportunities but failed to change over any of those possibilities with Casablanca coming the nearest.
Ampem Darkoa held their nerves and took the game to additional time where there were still no goals recorded with the game going to penalties.
The ‘Nana Mma’ Ladies couldn’t exploit the missed kicks by the Moroccans as they tumbled to a 3-2 loss.
Ampem Darkoa Ladies will now be hoping to finish on a high when they challenge for third place against ASFAR Club on Saturday November 18.
Earlier in the day, Mamelodi Sundowns clinched a 1-0 win over ASFAR Club in the other semi final game to book a spot in the final.
The South African champions will be playing in the final for the third consecutive time after previous appearances in 2021 and 2022.
They also won the title in 2021, beating Ghanaian side Hasaacas Ladies in Egypt in the maiden edition.
This year’s final is scheduled for Sunday, November 19.