How Super Falcons Narrowly Missed Champions Trophy, To Play 3rd Place Match On Friday
Nigeria withstood a number of adversities before narrowly losing to host nation Morocco after penalty shoot-out, in a supercharged 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations semi final match in Rabat on Monday.
A total of 45,562 spectators turned the Complexe Prince Moulay Abdellah into a boiling cauldron, and only their experience, guts, grit and determination kept the nine-time African champions firmly in the game as their every move was booed while the Lionesses were roared on the moment they had the ball.
The Atlas Lionesses defeated the Nigerian team on penalties after forcing the nine man team to a 1-1 draw at the end of ninety minutes and an extra time of 30 minutes. The lionesses scored all five of their penalties while the Nigerian girls could only score four.
Morocco would now meet South Africa in the finals. Nigeria are the defending champions.
The Nigerian team was reduced to nine in the middle of the second half after two red cards.
In the penalty shootout, forward Ifeoma Onumonu missed for Nigeria as Rita Chikwelu, Regina Otu, Ashleigh Plumptre and Gift Monday scored. Morocco scored all their kicks, through Yasmin Mrabet, Ghizlane Chebbak, Zineb Redouane, Nesryne El Chad and Rosella Ayane.
Morocco will take on South Africa (1-0 winners over Zambia in the first semi final) in Saturday’s final in Rabat, while the Super Falcons tango with the Copper Queens of Zambia for the bronze medals in Casablanca on Friday.