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Falcons overcome Ivory Coast on penalties to emerge WAFU Cup champions

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Nigeria Women’s national football team, the Super Falcons are champions of West Africa after they overcame hosts Ivory Coast on penalties in the final of the WAFU Women’s Cup.

The match, played in Abidjan on Saturday, saw both teams levelled at 1-1 after regulation time as the game was forced to go into a penalty shootout.

The Nigerian ladies then went on to win 5-4 in the shootout.

They are due to return back to Nigeria on Sunday as they shift focus to the next big competition, the FIFA Women’s World Cup billed to hold in France.

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Falcons, who had only conceded one goal since the start of the competition, trailed in the first half of the game following an Ange N’Gueessan opener.

But Uchenna Kanu restored parity for the Thomas Dennerby side deep into stoppage time, before the game headed to penalties.

The Falcons delegation to the FIFA World Cup final camp in Austria will depart Nigeria on Monday night, to begin final preparations for the finals.

Nigeria have been drawn in Group A alongside hosts France, Norway and South Korea.

Meanwhile, Ghana secured third place at the WAFU Women’s Cup after claiming a 8-7 penalty shoot-out win against Mali.

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