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Last Updated: Friday, 1 October, 2004, 17:15 GMT 18:15 UK
Ghana win bronze
By Mark Gleeson
BBC Sport, Pretoria

Ghana celebrate as Ethiopia's Endale Bezuhan holds her head in despair
Ghana beat the Ethiopians on penalties

Goalkeeper Memunatu Sulemana was the star for Ghana, as they beat Ethiopia 6-5 to finish third at the African Women's Championship.

Sulemana saved three times in the post-match penalty shootout, which followed a boring goalless draw.

Yaa Avoe converted the winning kick.

The result was heartbreaking for Ethiopia, the surprise package of the event.

They made a brave effort to get the better of the tired-looking Ghanaian side during the 90 minutes but could not find a way past Sulemana.

Ethiopia's stand-in goalkeeper, Dagmawit Mekonnen, made two dramatic stops in the shootout.

She stopped Rumanatu Tahiru's kick when the score was 4-4 and again from Ama Saabi at 5-5.

But Ghana' s keeper went one better to hand the Black Queens the bronze medal.

The match was a major disappointment with few clear-cut chances, little enterprise and a persistent lack of possession.

Nigeria meet Cameroon in Sunday's final, seeking to win the trophy for the fourth time.

Nigeria to meet Cameroon
28 Sep 04  |  African

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