Under performed Nigeria’s Female Senior National team the Super Falcons battled their way into the Final of the 11th Women Africa Cup of Nations after a 4-2 penalty shoot –out defeat Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon following a scoreless 120 –minute attrition in Accra on Tuesday.
Though Cameroon had more possession and created more chances than their opponents, a 120 minutes of action was unable to separate both sides at the Accra Sports Stadium in Ghana. A penalty shoot-out was required to determine who makes Saturday’s final and secures Africa’s first qualification spot for France 2019.
In the penalty shoot –out, Njoya Ajara and Raisa Feudjio scored for the Lionesses, with Onome Ebi and Rasheedat Ajibade netting for Nigeria, but Enganamouit’s effort was caught by Oluehi and after Oshoala scored to put Nigeria ahead, the tireless Ngo Mbeleck saw her kick fly past the goalpost.
Defender Ngozi Ebere then put her effort firmly past goalkeeper Ngo Ndom to put Nigeria in the final and earn a ticket to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
The feat also guaranteed that Nigeria will maintain her record of appearing at every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, when the world’s best teams gather in France next year summer.
The Super Falcons will await the winner of the South Africa/Mali semi final, played in Cape Coast later in the evening, in Saturday’s Final at the Accra Sports Stadium.