A 12th minute goal by Gladys Amfobea was enough for hosts Ghana to pick all three points against Algeria in the opening game on Saturday in Accra.
Buoyed by their teeming fans, the Black Queens started the game on a front foot dictating the pace with Captain Elizabeth Addo leading the onslaught.
The Algerians responded with a couple of attacks on their own but the Black Queens marshalled around Faustina Ampah was equal to the task.
After some pressure, Amfobea took advantage of a miscued pass to volley the ball home for the opener and send the fans in the stadium into ecstasy.
Algeria made their first change in the 26th minute after Amina Chahinez got injured and was replaced by Imene Merrouche.
Back from recess and the Algerians upped their game creating several anxious moments for the defense of Ghana, but poor finishing coupled with good saves by the Ghana goalkeeper let them down.
Substitute Jane Anyiem scored a goal but was ruled out as being offside as Ghana held on to snatch victory.
Total Woman of the Match: Sherifatu Sumaila (Ghana)