Nigeria’s national women football team, Super Falcons remained on course for their 9th Africa Women Cup of Nation (AWCON) crown following a spirited 4-2 victory on penalties against Cameroon to reach the final of the ongoing AWCON 2018 in Acrcra, Ghana, yesterday.
The victory earned the Nigeria’s team automatic qualification to next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, while Cameroon will have to slug it out for third place to also book their flight to the world soccer showpiece.
Ngozi Ebere scored the decisive spot-kick after Cameroon twice missed, once through star player Gaelle Enganamouit. The match in Accra had ended goalless after extra-time.
It was the first shoot-out in the competition in 10 years.
A quiet game finished with great drama as Enganamouit’s soft penalty was comfortably saved by Nigeria goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi, before Genevieve Ngo Mbeleck’s effort went wide.
Nigeria have won the last two tournaments, beating Cameroon on both occasions in the final.
Meanwhile, the minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung has lauded the Nigeria’s girls for picking one of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup tickets billed for France.
He congratulated the players for their hard fought victory describing the game as a nail biting semifinal.
“The match went into extra time and penalties and that showed how difficult it was for the girls to achieve success. The Super Falcons were determined and disciplined and qualified for the final through hard work, team work and their doggedness.
“I am happy with the team and the technical crew for putting Nigeria on the global map once again with their qualification for the World Cup next year. However, the final test comes on Saturday when they play the last and decisive game. They have won this competition a record eight times and I have no doubt that they will bring back the trophy to Nigeria for keeps.”
Barrister Dalung is currently in Tokyo Japan attending a ‘Country Meeting’ with Tokyo 2020 organizers, where countries are expected to make final decisions on their participation at the next Olympics.