The Super Falcons aspirations of qualifying for the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations got a major boost following a 2-0 victory over eternal rivals, Black Queens of Ghana at the Mobolaji Johnson stadium, Lagos.
From the blast of the whistle, Nigeria appeared ready for the challenge as they engaged their hosts who appeared more physical to curtail them.
In the 18th minute, Kanu Uchena missed the opportunity to open the scoring after failing to latch on to miss the pass from Francisca Ortega.
But she made up for the miss in the 22nd minute after Ordega square played with her to break the hearts of the Ghanaians.
With the euphoria of the first goal yet to die down, Kanu and Ordega again combined very well to make it 2-0 which apparently led the Black Queens to device crude means to bring the Nigerians down.
As the first half was about to end, Ordega who has been the engine room of the team was tactically fouled by their guests. It was more like taking her out of action to prevent her from causing more damage.
At the restart of the second half, the Falcons appeared to be relaxed but had goalkeeper, Nnadozie Chiamaka being called to action a couple of times.
Efforts by the Ghanaians to get back into the game failed as the Nigerians kept them at bay and ensured the game ended 2-0 ahead of the second leg.
Since the inception of the tournament in 1991, the Super Falcons have not missed an edition, whereas the Black Queens failed to qualify for the 2012 competition staged in Equatorial Guinea.
The 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations, scheduled for Morocco in the summer of next year, will also serve as the qualifying tournament for the 32-team 2023 FIFA World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand in 2023.