By Johnny Edward:
Super Falcons of Nigeria defeated Cameroon 4-2 on penalties in the semi-finals of the 2018 African Women’s Cup Of Nations tournament in Ghana after regulation time ended goalless at the Accra Sports Stadium on Tuesday, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
It was Nigeria’s second win in succession over Cameroon and they have qualified for the 2019 FIFA World Cup in France.
The Super Falcons also maintained their place in the elite group of only seven teams to have qualified for every World Cup since inception in 1991.
The others are USA, Brazil, Sweden, Norway, Japan and Germany.
The Super Falcons were however bullied to creating very few chances in the first half of the match as the Indomitable Lionesses controlled possession and set the tone of the game.
The game at the Accra Sports Stadium ended in a goalless draw at halftime, with neither team creating any clear cut chances.
The second half followed in the same pattern as the first with both sides unable to get the breakthrough.
Thomas Dennerby changed the game, and introduced Falconets stars, Rasheedat Ajibade and Anam Imo, but the game ended goalless in 90 minutes.
The first half of extra time ended goalless with the Super Falcons in the ascendancy before the whistle.
The second half ended goalless also as both sides proceeded to penalty shootout.
Onome Ebi, Rasheedat Ajibade, Asisat Oshoala and Ngozi Ebere all converted their spot kicks to give Nigeria a 4-2 victory. Cameroon lost two of their their three kicks.
The Super will face the winner of the second semifinal match between Bayana Bayana of South Africa and Mali in the final of the AWCON 2018.