WAFU Women's Tourney: Nigeria beat Ghana to qualify for final

Author: Beatrice Laryea
The Super Falcons

The Super Falcons of Nigeria on Thursday defeated the Black Queens 4-2 on penalties to set a date with Cote d'Ivoire in the final.

While Alice Kusi and Mavis Owusu scored from the spot kick, Grace Asantewaa and Grace Animah failed to convert their penalties as the Nigerians skillfully converted all four penalties to win.

The two arch-rivals battled to a barren draw in regulation time of the keenly-contested semi-final at the Stade Robert Champroux before the Falcons emerged victorious in the ensuing penalty kicks.

Thursday’s result was sweet revenge for the Super Falcons who lost on penalties to Ghana at the same stage last year.

While there will be no title defence for the Queens, the Super Falcons, who are gearing up for the World Cup in France will be hoping to win the sub-regional tournament having only claimed the third spot in the last edition.

Before conquering Ghana in the semi-final, the Nigeria women’s team bashed their counterparts from Burkina Faso 5-1, recorded a 15-0 annihilation of the Niger Republic before claiming a 2-0 victory over Mali in their final group game.

The Nigerians will now face host, Cote d’Ivoire, on Saturday in the final.