2022 WAFCON Qualifiers: Super Falcons Qualify For Next Round Despite Loss To Ghana

2022 WAFCON Qualifiers: Super Falcons Qualify For Next Round Despite Loss To Ghana

The Super Falcons of Nigeria have advanced into the second round of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier despite losing to the Black Queens of Ghana.

Played inside the Accra Sports Stadium, the Black Queens won 1-0 but crashed out on a 2-1 aggregate loss.

After a goalless first half Ghana broke the deadlock in the 48th minute through Princella Adubea.

Ghana’s hopes of drawing level suffered a setback after captain Portia Boakye was sent off after receiving a second yellow card.

All efforts to get back into the game proved abortive as the Falcons held on to progress into the next round.

The result means Ghana will not be at the 2023 FIFA women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

By James Agberebi

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  • Steve 3 years ago

    This Super Falcons are not Super anymore !!..any way weldone but if you can’t beat Ghana away , how can you beat any of the world cup teams?..this coach as far as result is concern is below average!!.. congratulations any way , we need young and energetic players going forward!!

  • Kolawale 3 years ago

    This method that CAF has adopted for its qualifiers for various competitions is really robbing Africa of strong representation at the world stage. Imagine pitching Ghana & Nigeria at this early stage while small countries that wont be able to pull the strings when they qualify will move to the next round and won’t be able to do the continent proud.

    I hope they look into this. Ghana is a traditional Female team n their absence will be felt.

    Congratulations Falcons though it was a really though one. Unto the next one. These are signs that other African countries are not sleeping on the bicycle. They are fast catching up with Our Female teams n our dominance will soon be on the line(thats if its not already).

    Awoniyi banging in the goals with reckless abandon. These are good times for Nigerian strikers and Super Eagles as a whole. I pity Rohr n i hope he will be able to make the best use of abundantly overflowing talent at the disposal.

  • Congrat girls

    But you still have a lot to do. I am so surprise that Nigeria Facons can’t beat Ten girls Ghanians in football.

    Nigerians are tired of only qualifying for competitions with no cup to show.

    African Women Nations cup is one of the cup Nigerians are looking forward to win come 2022. Please, put more efforts.

    God less Nigeria.

  • Jide Dola 3 years ago

    What I really want to know is how we fare after Ghana player was sent off, so that I could draw my conclusion on the coach and the coach really needs to improve the team, I can not see any improvement in this team after Aisha B Comp, it was supposed to help improve in some department that need improvement.

  • Chudynak 3 years ago

    Ghana was just unlucky. This Nigerian team is not impressive!

  • And one of Africa’s strongest teams in women’s football bow out at the early stages. New CAF President, South Africa’s Motsepe will do anything to bridge the gap between COSAFA (Southern Africa) and West/North Africa. The agenda is well and alive. Ghana out, but countries like Mozambique and Lesotho still in with a chance.

    • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

      Zonal qualifiers did not start under Motsepe. They started way before him. I recall the golden eaglets class of 2019 had to scrape through a tough Ghanaian side in the WAFU U17 final to qualify for the U17 AFCON hosted by Tanzania back then too.

  • Kingmark Executives 3 years ago

    Anytime the Super Falcons or Super Eagles of Nigeria boasted about beating their opponents they lost the game eventually. I have taken notice of this trend in the last ten years. Oshoala was boastful and too arrogant against Ghana. She has always been boastful. We must not forget, God disgraces and resists the PROUD but “giveth Grace unto the HUMBLE” (James 4:6).
    The current Super Falcons are growing old and tired. They have done well and brought Glory to Nigeria in recent past. The aged players should be replaced by young energetic players from the local women`s league. God bless Super Falcons of Nigeria for pulling through, even in defeat!

    • Olujimi Morgan 3 years ago

      Good point. The team needs changes made to it. The defence and midfield cover are not effective. The team does not pass amongst itself. And we pray that Oshoala gets back to the form of the past, 4 years or so in the past.

      In my view, the biggest problem that the Falcons have been facing in the lasy few years is the preparation. Previous coach, and the only one to take Nigeria into the Quarter – Final of the World Cup, Ismalia Mabo, was right on the button. The local players should be camped for a while, say about 1 – 2 months, and then the foreign players invited who can displace these girls. For sure, the play would be more co-ordinated and the players more committed. To achieve this goal, a change of team manager or senior coach is almost certainly needed. The work requires more time than the current part time with a full time employment can give.

      Please, please, please, the right things should be done.

      And by the way, a strong local league is needed to provide quality players for the local team.

  • Both teams finished the match with 10 players.

  • Kunle 3 years ago

    To me, falcons try their best because it is not easy for any team in Africa to beat any of Ghanaians team in their home.
    Whereas caf has not been faired at all to west Africa. The most successful team in Africa in u17men,u20men and women football are from west Africa but they want us to be eliminated.
    Now super falcons has to face Cote D’Ivoire in final round.

  • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

    So we meet CIV next – home and away….the same team that knocked us out of the Olympics (but themselves didn’t not go on to qualify eventually). Mr Waldrum has his work cut out.

    Not minding what some sycophants are signing, the way we scrape wins under him so far calls for worry, especially as we advance in these qualifiers. The good thing is that the top 3 teams at the AWCON get to qualify for the WWC in the Aussies. So insurance cover us small…but as for winning the trophy…..i’ll rather not expect too much from him.

    • Pee Pee 3 years ago

      No, Africa has 4 slots (plus 2) to Australia/New Zealand 2023 FIFA women world cup.
      It means the 4 semi finalists in AWCON in Morocco automatically qualify while the 2 best quarter finalists go into 10 team playoff involving other 8 teams from other continents. Here the 10 teams will be divided into 3 groups where the winner of each group qualifies to complete the roster to 32 teams

  • Abdul 3 years ago

    Sorry o, there is something I don’t understand, what are these comments on why Falcons can’t beat Ghana girls on their soil. Are you guys serious? Are those ones imbeciles or would they just lay there waiting to be beaten by falcons? The era of dominance of super Falcons is long gone….other countries are growing, and that’s okay. Today,our girls put their lives on ground to qualify against those brave and brilliant Ghana girls. For me, I was very happy to see such team spirit to qualify for a tournament they have won like a million times. I love them all and appreciate that victory.
    However, I agree that the team will need some fresh and younger injections. The team doesn’t have to be overhauled, we can blend in some legs that can run faster and show some creativities. Ebi, Oparanozie, Ihale and the likes gave everything today, but they wont such energy in the next one year.
    Gob bless Nigeria.

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    Congratulations to our Super Falcons. I thank God we scale through to the next round but still a lot of work to be done.

    I am not satisfied I must say it. Our ladies tried at least to qualify to the next stages of the qualifiers but the coaching crew need to invite more younger players into the team.

    I heard that coach Waldrum said in one of his interviews that more players are waiting for FIFA clearance but he shouldn’t repeat the same mistakes Oga Rohr is making. We have players here in Nigeria that can compete with the foriegn based players so, he should making sure he select the best squad to represent Nigeria because we have players both home and abroad.

    Unto the next one Super Falcons. If not because of God and Oparanozie at the last minute of the encounter, Ghana would have scored another goal but Oparanozie did everything to stop the Ghanaians. Bravo.

    Also, NFF should do their part to help the coach and his crew but if there’s no change after the Afcon then, Danjuma or other local coaches should be given a chance to rebuild the team. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Papafem 3 years ago

    Thomas Dennerby should be brought back to the team. There was a lot of organization in his Super Falcons than this one. His tactical savvy won us the last AWCON against South Africa. He also did very well at the last world cup. I’m sure, if he had been allowed to continue his job and not frustrated out of the kob, we would probably have been at the Olympics and have a better , stronger team by now.

    Under this present coach, our coordination is so so awkward. Our hitherto super players look so ordinary. Only an uninformed and inconsiderate fan of the team will be expecting them to win the upcoming AWCON. I don’t see that coming in a anyway. With the way South Africa and Cameroon are playing.now, it may be difficult to win the next cup of nations.

    I’m not even too optimistic that we will qualify because right now, we have CIV to contend with. And that’s a team that denied us an Olympic ticket right there in Lagos as recently as last year or so. What exactly is this NFF doing to help this team? The rate at which they wobble and fumbling these days is so alarming.

  • Kunle 3 years ago

    It’s obvious that we lack strikers, yes, we have the likes of asisat but the fact still remains that they are not prolific. The coach should try other options, in the first leg, we missed so many chances and the second leg as well. We have the goal kepper to thank for the tremendous effort. The likes of Ariyo and other new players should be tried.

  • The players that used to be the spine of Super Falcons are now old, their tired legs cannot do what they use to do a few years back. A local super falcons team should be raised urgently and keep them in camp for a long time, if we do that it will be easy to replace the ageing players. But the permanent solution to weakness in our National teams is GRASSROOT/SCHOOL SPORTS DEVELOPMENT. There should be a National football competition for PRIMARY, SECONDARY AND TIERTARY INSTITUTIONS in Nigeria that will throw up talents otherwise our teams will continue to be disgraced by teams form smaller countries.

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