Super Falcons beat Ivory Coast to qualify for Women’s AFCON

by: Evolve


After defeating Ivory Coast 1-0 on Wednesday night and 3-0 on aggregate, the Super Falcons of Nigeria have booked a spot in the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

After Esther Okoronkwo scored the game’s only goal against the Lady Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire in Abidjan too see the nine-time African champions through.

In the rematch at the Stade Robert Champroux, the Ivorians gave it their best, but they were up against a tough Nigerian defence and an outstanding goalkeeper in Chiamaka Nnadozie, who refused to give them scoring opportunity.

Neither side scored in the first half, however Francisca Ordega had a goal disallowed and Nnadozie saved a penalty kick from the visitors.

In only her second appearance for Nigeria, Esther Okoronkwo scored the game-winning goal a minute before the end of regulation time.

The Falcons’ hard-fought victory and qualification for Morocco 2022 is a fitting retaliation for the Lady Elephants, who made sure they denied the Falcons a spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.




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