The Super Falcons fought an uphill battle to defeat Ghana’s Black Queens and advance to the final round of the qualifying series for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, which will be hosted by Morocco. After a goal defeat in Accra on Sunday evening, the nine-time African champions survived with a 2-1 overall victory over the hosts.
Both teams finished with 10 players after Ghana’s captain Portia Boakye was sacked for a second bookable offense and minutes later Nigeria’s left-back Glory Ogbonna was disfellowshipped by Ivorian referee Zomadre Sonia Kore.
The lively Princella Adubea scored the goal for Ghana in the middle of the second half as the Super Falcons expected compliance with the principle of fair play.
After that, captain Asisat Oshoala missed a chance to equalize with Nigeria. With the strong smell of blood, the Black Queens launched one rush after another but failed to score the goal that would have balanced the game and made the penalty shootout at Accra Sports Stadium inevitable.
The Falcons reached the finals in February 2022, in which they play against the Lady Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire.