Black Queens Interim Coach Marcy Tagoe believes team will progress to the next stage of the ongoing WAFU tournament despite losing to host nation, Cote D’Ivoire in the opening of the WAFU Cup of nations match.

The Ghanaian female senior team suffered a 1-0 defeat to Les Éléphants of Cote D’Ivoire in the opening match of the maiden WAFU (B) Women’s Cup at Stade Robert Champroux de Marcory in Southern Abidjan on Wednesday.

Black Queens proved a stronger side, displayed total dominance in the opening half of the encounter but failed to find the back of the net.

The Ghanaians were left to rue their profligacy when the Ivorians broke the virginity of the game .

Nina Kpaho Zote’s 64th minute goal which resulted after a poor clearance by center-back Faustina Ampah handed the Ivorians slim victory over the Black Queens.

Despite the defeat to the host, Coach Marcy Tagoe-Quarcoo sounded positive about the team’s progression to the next stage of the competition.

“We were the better side on the day, we spoke to the girls before the game, yes the Ivorians were more physical but we were more skillful and good on the ball,” she said after the game.

“I think we could have buried the game in the first half because we had many opportunities. They scored from the only chance that they had.

“This should tell you that we have a lot work to do, we will try and work on our goal scoring before meeting our next opponent."

In other Group A match Burkina Faso battered Niger 5-1 in the opening game.

The Black Queens of Ghana will next face Niger whiles Cote d’Ivoire take on Burkina Faso.

Thursday's February 15 Group B Fixtures

Togo vs Senegal

Mali vs Nigeria