WAFCON 2022: Zambia Beat Super Falcons To Claim Bronze Medal

WAFCON 2022: Zambia Beat Super Falcons To Claim Bronze Medal

The Copper Queens of Zambia beat the Super Falcons of Nigeria 1-0 to claim the bronze medal in the third-place match of the 2022 WAFCON on Friday, Completesports.com reports.

An own goal by Chiamaka Nnadozie in the first half saw Zambia pick a first ever medal.

The last and only time the Falcons finished fourth was at the 2012 edition.

The Falcons had the first attempt on goal in the fourth minute but Francisca Ordega failed to direct her effort towards the target.

In the seventh minute the Zambians had their own opportunity but Ireen Lungu’s long range effort was calmly saved by Nnadozie.

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A few minutes later Gift Monday tried to connect with a cross from the right but did not get a clean contact as the keeper came out to claim.

The Falcons continued to push and were almost rewarded in the 14th minute but skipper Ngozi Okobi’s long range left foot strike was saved.

In the 20th minute Christy Ucheibe has the game’s best chance as she was set up by Okobi Inside the box but saw her strike go just over the bar.

Zambia then took the lead on 29 minutes as Evarine Katongo’s long range shoot hit the post and came off Nnadozie and into the net.

In the 34th minute the Falcons were forced into an early change following an injury to Ucheibe with Rita Chikwelu coming on.

On 39 minutes Monday should have equalized for the Falcons as she met a cross from Regina Otu but the ball hit the post and she failed to turn the rebound in.

With four minutes left to play in the first half Ashleigh Plumptre hit a left foot drive from a freekick which the keeper parried over the bar.

The Falcons should have level up one minute on the restart as Monday was played through on goal but she sent her effort off target.

Zambia almost doubled their lead on 53 minutes but Okobi did well enough to snuff out the danger.

In the 57th minute Monday missed another great chance as Ordega played a good pass which the former fired wide with the keeper to beat.

Grace Chanda went close on 63 minutes but could not direct her header from a superb cross towards goal.

Few minutes later Ordega met a low cross from Uchenna Kanu but the Zambian keeper came out quickly to block the effort.

With 13 minutes left Chanda went close for Zambia after good play but hit her effort off target.

Substitute Vivian Ikechukwu then had the opportunity to equalize after a poor clearance by a Zambian player but she blasted her shot wide off target.

By James Agberebi

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  • The Super Falcons were out of sorts today…. Too bad. Better luck next time.

  • Chudynak 2 years ago

    2 losses in six games, very terrible! Na our FIFA ranking go hear am.

  • Ralph 2 years ago

    From day one of this tournament, it always looks like scoring a goal will be a miracle for the team, the time female football is rising in Africa, the team is regressing, this is Nigeria worse female team set up ever, even controlling and using the ball is a problem for them.

  • Sunnyb 2 years ago

    Continue to live in Beverly hills in ur dream, u ve the best team in Africa Abi, when Nigerians begin to tell themselves the truth without sugarcoating or daydreaming the country fortune would improve. Right now Nigeria is DOA. 

  • Sunnyb 2 years ago

    JimmyBall, see them again at Eugene Oregon the curses on this country continues, the Men relay team came last while Ghana came 3rd in semifinal, everything is wrong with that county, now we going to choose btw another Fulani jihadist and a corrupt drug dealer. No single medal.

    • onwajunior 2 years ago

      Saw that men 4x100m and thought something went wrong, but it looks like the guy just gave up…like as he looked up and saw where he was he was like “I’m not even going to stress myself”. Naija no dey try sha…so in the entire naija we can’t produce solid teams to bring back medals.

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