Super Falcons beat Ivory Coast to qualify for Women’s Africa Cup of Nations

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

The nine-time African champions were sent through after Esther Okoronkwo grabbed the game’s only goal against the Lady Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire in Abidjan.Super Falcons beat Ivory Coast, qualifies for Women's Afcon

The Ivorians gave it their all in the reverse fixture at the Stade Robert Champroux, but they were up against a tenacious Nigerian defence and an exceptional goalkeeper in Chiamaka Nnadozie, who refused to give an inch.

In the first half, neither team scored, but Francisca Ordega had a goal disallowed and Nnadozie saved a spot kick from the hosts.

Esther Okoronkwo, in only her second cap for Nigeria, produced the game-winning goal a minute before the end of stoppage time.

The Falcons’ hard-fought triumph and qualification for Morocco 2022 is great vengeance over the Lady Elephants, who denied them a spot in Tokyo 2020 Olympics.


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