Semi Finals: Nigerian Super Falcons Vs Lioness Of Morocco
Written by Ossy on July 18, 2022
The 2022 Total Energies CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON), kicked off in Morocco. This is the 14th edition of the WAFCON and the first to feature 12 teams, however, the group stage was divided into A, B and group C giving each group four teams ( Countries)
The host nation Morocco saw themselves in the group A and won all their matches topping the group with 9 points. Nigeria on the other hand lost their opening match against South African and has since then regained their form.
The Super Falcons won against Botswana and Burundi which led to their qualification to quarter finals after getting six points from group C of African women Nation’s cup.
While Nigeria qualified for the semi-final after beating Cameroonian 1-0 in the quarter-finals thursday night at the Mohammed V sports complex in Casablanca, with the only goal scored by the impressive Rasheedat Ajibade in the 56th minute, Morocco made history with their first-ever qualification for the Women’s World Cup after defeating Botswana in the quarter-finals.
Nigeria and Morocco will trade tackles on Monday, July 18, at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in the semifinal of the Women Africa Cup of Nations. The hosts have qualified for the World Cup, but they face their biggest challenge at the Nations Cup on Monday night (9pm).
Morocco women’s national football team coach Reynald Pedros has confessed that the Super Falcons are the strongest team on the continent.
Nigeria’s Super Falcons start as the favorites to continue their dominance of women’s football in Africa after losing against South Africa in the opening match with coach Randy Waldrum leading a star-studded team which is determined to claim WAFCON glory once again.
The last WAFCON was played in 2018 in Ghana and saw Nigeria claim a record-extending 9th title after defeating South Africa on penalties in the final. The scheduled 2020 WAFCON was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
While the Super Falcons of Nigeria are chasing the title for a record 10th time, the Lionesses are hoping to lift the trophy for the first time in their history.
Nigeria have taken part in all the past editions of the WAFCON, while the 2022 edition is the Lionesses’ third appearance, but despite the huge gulf in class between the two countries, today’s semi-final clash will see fans treated to an interesting battle between the North and West Africans.
The winner between Nigerian women and Morocco women will face either South Africa or Zambia in the final on Saturday 23rd of July, 2022.