AWCON 2018: Champions Falcons Pip Cameroon On Penalties To Reach Final

AWCON 2018: Champions Falcons Pip Cameroon On Penalties To Reach Final

By Johnny Edward:
Super Falcons of Nigeria defeated Cameroon 4-2 on penalties in the semi-finals of the 2018 African Women’s Cup Of Nations tournament in Ghana after regulation time ended goalless at the Accra Sports Stadium on Tuesday, reports

It was Nigeria’s second win in succession over Cameroon and they have qualified for the 2019 FIFA World Cup in France.

The Super Falcons also maintained their place in the elite group of only seven teams to have qualified for every World Cup since inception in 1991.

AWCON 2018-Champions Falcons Pip Cameroon On Penalties To Reach Final

The others are USA, Brazil, Sweden, Norway, Japan and Germany.

The Super Falcons were however bullied to creating very few chances in the first half of the match as the Indomitable Lionesses controlled possession and set the tone of the game.

The game at the Accra Sports Stadium ended in a goalless draw at halftime, with neither team creating any clear cut chances.

The second half followed in the same pattern as the first with both sides unable to get the breakthrough.

AWCON 2018-Champions Falcons Pip Cameroon On Penalties To Reach Final

Thomas Dennerby changed the game, and introduced Falconets stars, Rasheedat Ajibade and Anam Imo, but the game ended goalless in 90 minutes.

The first half of extra time ended goalless with the Super Falcons in the ascendancy before the whistle.

The second half ended goalless also as both sides proceeded to penalty shootout.

Onome Ebi, Rasheedat Ajibade, Asisat Oshoala and Ngozi Ebere all converted their spot kicks to give Nigeria a 4-2 victory. Cameroon lost two of their their three kicks.

The Super will face the winner of the second semifinal match between Bayana Bayana of South Africa and Mali in the final of the AWCON 2018.


  • Bomboy 3 months ago

    Heart attack football by the Super Falcons. I dare say they were not super at all!
    As I write, South Africa is beating Mali with ease, and they have a local coach.
    We beat a poor E. Guinea side 6:0 and our coach began to boast that he has proved doubters wrong. He forgot that South Africa also beat them 7:0 and Zambia beat them 5:0.
    I have a lot of unprintable words to say about this ‘Oyibo’ coach and his ‘mammy water’ assistants imported from across the Pacific, but I will hold my peace for the sake of his worshipers in this forum.
    Congratulations anyway. A win is a win. I pray we improve in the finals and win it.

    • Chima E Samuels 3 months ago

      Honestly this white coach is not going to take us anywhere is kind of football pattern is not good if in Africa we are playing like this then what do we expect in the World Cup. Our falcons are always dominant and terrorizing defense with goals but this is really weird!

  • Aleks 3 months ago

    For me, it was a commendable performance from the girls. Yes, they appear not to be in their best physical conditioning, and struggled against the physicality and pace of the Cameroonians, but they played with discipline, conserving their energy to last the distance, and it paid off at the end. They showed great tactical discipline in the face of an opponent who obviously had better preparation for this tournament. My only question mark is for the technical crew, can’t still understand that decision to substitute Ngozi Okobi at that time, when she was clearly the link between midfield and attack, a role she executed competently, while also battling very hard to carry out defensive duties. 
    I don’t yet think the coach is a bad coach, but he must hasten to understand his players, and try to read the game well before making substitutions

  • Bayo Bamiduro 3 months ago

    No, we were just lucky to have won. Indeed penalty victories are chance events. Cameroon girls were by far the better side, our  goalkeeper won the victory for us. Our girls were inaccurate in their passes, they tired out easily, they lost possession too easily. They had very few shots at goal. Their best game was against Zambia and their worst included games again st South  Africa. They must improve tremendously if they would defeat south Africa who have been quite consistently good inthis tournament. All the same,  congratulations,  girls. But you must play well.

  • Esiri 3 months ago

    the coach should be sacked even if Nigeria wins the cup!! the match against Cameroon was very poor. the coach was clueless, standing like an image and he could not motivate the girls!!! he has not impacted any positive thing on the girls. they are playing badly under this so called foreign coach!! the girls played better under omagbemi!!!

  • I am really impressed by their performance,they played well especially in the second half and extra time, they did not give chance to their opponent to make use of their chances,but am expecting a better performance in the final match against South Africa,they should make good use of their chances.I Wish them best of luck.Up super falcons.

  • Thanks so much @Adewale. ..I sometimes think wether it’s the same game I watched. I didn’t watch the first half truly but they are not that worst as pple claim here.

  • Franklin 3 months ago

    Those of us unhappy because d super falcons could not easily beat d Cameroonians should put d following points into consideration, 1 women Football have developed so much all over d world while ours had been stagnant look at the u 20 women world cup our performance was bordering to chaos we did not even qualify for the ongoing u 17 world cup 2 our preparation towards this 3 competition was close to non existence d nff should show d same seriousness dey are taking d men’s team to the women’s team 3 the coach had made d team 2 become difficult to beat 4 d team is being gradually trained tactically which we always lack in our women teams to conclude I feel positive vibe frm dis team though there are rooms for improvement which I think if d coach spends more time with d girls d team will become powerful not only in Africa but d world at large