By Olusola ‘Jide @jide_olusola
The Super Falcons of Nigeria have reached the finals of the Women Africa Cup of Nations by defeating top rivals, Cameroon 4-2 on penalties after 120 minutes of play.
Cameroon who have suffered back-to-back final losses against Nigeria in 2014 and 2016 saw this game as an opportunity to take their own pound of flesh at the Accra Sports Stadium on Tuesday.
Aside from those final game losses, Cameroon have lost 11 out of 12 times they faced the Super Falcons.
The Lionesses took total control of the game from the blast of the whistle to show their intent at stopping the Falcons in their tracks.
Onome Ebi, Rasheedat Ajibade and Asisat Oshoala scored from the spot as Rivers Angels goalkeeper, Tochukwu Oluehi denied Cameroon from scoring two of their penalties. Ngozi Ebere fired in the last penalty that qualified Thomas Dennerby’s charges to the final of the competition.
Meanwhile, in the post-match conference, Super Falcons coach Thomas Dennerby said when he came to Accra that his target was to defend the title and now the team is in the finals.
The defending champions have become the first African nation to qualify for 2019 Women’s World Cup in France thus extending historic streak of qualifying for every FIFA Women’s World Cup since the maiden edition in 1991.