Nigeria’s Super Falcons have qualified for the FIFA Women’s World  Cup, France 2019 after triumphing 4-2 on penalties against the Lionesses of Cameroon in Tuesday’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations Semi Final.

After 120 minutes of action, it was deadlocked at the Accra Sports Stadium in Ghana.

The Lionesses were the better side across two hours – garnering more shots and possession. However, the lottery of penalties favoured Thomas Dennerby’s women.

The most successful side on the continent will now take on the winner of South Africa v Mali in Saturday’s final.

Tuesday’s feat also made Nigeria the first African team to pick qualification ticket for the senior women’s world cup next year. And it is as well the country’s third successive appearance in the final of the Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON).

Aim achieved

Speaking after the match, Dennerby, Head Coach of the Nigerian team says he has met his target in Ghana. Also, the 59 year old notes he anticipated a tough duel versus Cameroon.

“For now we celebrate and prepare for the final match on Saturday. We are happy that we have won the game and picked one of the three tickets to the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Now, the next target is retaining the trophy.”

Ebi thankful to Nigerians

Furthermore, defender, Onome Ebi expresses her delight at reaching the final and thank Nigerians for their belief in the team – even after their matchday 1 loss to South Africa. She writes on her verified Twitter handle:

“Wow! Thank you Lord for today’s victory. Thanks everyone for not giving up on us. God bless us all. God bless Nigeria.”

The top three teams at the 2018 AWCON will qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Only two teams have won the Africa Women Cup of Nations – Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.

 

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