Nigeria’s Super Falcons have qualified for the Africa Women Cup of Nations, AWCON 2016 scheduled for Cameroon, after beating Senegalese Teranga Lionesses by 2-0 on Tuesday.
The second leg of the final qualifying round fixture match was played at the Abuja National Stadium. The Super Falcons who are the reigning champions of the competition, in spite of their lethargic performance were dominant during the match.
In an earlier clash on Friday, in Dakar Senegal, both teams ended with a 1-1 draw, but yesterday’s return fixture made it a 3-1 aggregate win for the Falcons.
Super Falcons forward, Rita Chikwelu, who plays for Swedish based club, Umeå IK, opened the scoring at the 36th minute, before Osarenoma Igbinovia, added the second goal a minute into the second half.
Prior to Chikwelu’s opener, Asisat Oshoala missed from the penalty spot in the 30th minute, crashing her effort against the cross bar. And in the 50th minute, the Senegalese coach Bassouare Diaby was sent off for improper conduct.
This victory would make it their 10th AWCON qualification since it was introduced in 1998. The team will now focus their efforts on preparing well so as to ensure that they have a good outing in Cameroon.
Francisca Ordega, a Washington Spirit player speaking to the press after the game said, she was excited with the result in view of the team’s failure to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics, while urging Nigerians to be expecting a lot from them at AWCON 2016 in Cameroon.
Where their male counterparts failed, the Super Falcons of Nigeria have succeeded. Recall that in March, the Nigerian male team, the Super Eagles, failed to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) holding in Gabon, after falling to a 1-0 defeat to Egypt in Alexandria.