Super Falcons fail
to fly against Black Queens

After
a 6-0 opening game win against Mali, Nigeria’s Super Falcons huffed and puffed
but could only a point against Ghana as their encounter ended 1-1.
It
was a 2nd round match of the Group phase of the ongoing Africa Women
Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The
Falcons drew the first blood when Asisat Oshoala scored her fifth of the
tournament in the 19th minute at the Stade Omnisports Limbe, but the Nigerians
were somewhat too anxious in front of goal and missed several chances.
Ghana
drew level two minutes before recess when Ugo Njoku committed a foul in the box
and Elizabeth Addo made no mistake from the spot.
In
the second half, the reigning champions piled much pressure on their West
African counterparts, but the Black Queens were well organized at the rear and
kept the scoreline even.
Oshoala
should have put Nigeria ahead in the 63rd minute but failed to connect a cross
by Francisca Ordega, and in the 77th minute, substitute Florence Dadson came
close at the other end, but goalkeeper Alaba Jonathan timed her run well.
A
brilliant move by Faith Ikidi pierced the Ghanaian defence with two minutes
left, only for Ordega to fluff the opportunity with Desire Oparanozie unmarked
behind her.
On
the dot of time, penalty appeals by Nigeria were waived away by the referee
after Oshoala was upended in the box by the Ghanaian goalkeeper.

The
Falcons remain top of Group B on goals difference from the Black Queens, and
will play Kenya on Sunday. The Black Queens will slug it out with Mali, who
were poleaxed 6-0 by Nigeria.

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