The Super Falcons of Nigeria have qualified for the FIFA Women World Cup in France 2019, after overcoming a spirited Cameroonian team to reach the final of the African Women Cup of Nations for a record extending 9th times, AOIFootball.com reports.
In a match that was tagged the final before the final, both teams came into the match with high expectations with the Falcons edging the prematch hype on psychological advantage haven beaten the Lionesses 2-0 in the final two years ago.
The Indomitable Lionesses controlled the game in the early proceedings, carving out plenty of chances which kept the Falcons shot-stopper busy.
For the Super Falcons, the best they could muster at the Lionesses goal came in the 42nd minute when Asisat Oshoala’s shot was well saved by Annette Ngo Ndom.
After the break, the Cameroonians continued their dominance over the Nigerians, as Oluehi continued to twat the efforts of the Cameroonians as she made couple of saves, keeping the Central African Nation at bay.
Both teams continued to battle it out, with either of them not being able to break open their defenses, thereby pushing the game into extra-time, and then penalties
With both teams tied on 2-2 in the penalty shootout Cameroon had their third and fourth spot kicks saved by the impressive Oluehi before Ngozi Ebere stepped up to send Nigeria through to Saturday’s final.
The Thomas Dennerby-tutored girls will now face the winner of the second semifinal between South Africa and Mali as they bid to clinch a record 9th African Women Cup of Nations.