Falcons beat Cameroon on penalties to reach AWCON final, seal World Cup spot

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The Super Falcons of Nigeria have reached the final of the ongoing Africa Women’s Cup of nations (AWCON) after defeating Cameroon on penalties.

The semifinal clash was a repeat of the final òf 2016 edition, where Nigeria came out on top with a 1-0 victory to seal their eighth continental title.

The game at the Accra Sports Stadium on Tuesday was goalless at full time, and both sides still could not score in extra time, which led to the spot kicks.

The Falcons won the penalty shootouts 4-2 to seal their place in the final of the Ghana tournament, and also secured their spot in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

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Onome Ebi, Rasheedat Ajibade, Asisat Oshoala and Ngozi Ebere all converted their spot kicks, while Cameroon lost two of their three kicks.

Nigeria will play in the final against either South Africa or Mali, who play in the other semifinal clash later on Tuesday.

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

The other teams are USA, Brazil, Sweden, Norway, Japan and Germany.


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