Super Falcons beat Mali to reach the WAFU Cup semi-finals
After winning the Women’s African Cup of Nations for the ninth time back in December 2018, the Nigerian women’s team has automatically qualified for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. They will represent Africa alongside South Africa and Cameroon.
To prepare for the big competition, the commonly known Super Falcons are taking part in the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Cup tournament together with seven other teams. The competition is happening right now,and it’s hosted by Ivory Coast. They are in Group B with Niger Republic, Mali and Burkina Faso.
Their opening match was against the newcomers from Burkina Faso. The final score was more than convincing. South-eastern University Uchenna Kanu scored a hat-trick and Nigeria won that game 5:1.
The second match was against the Niger Republic and this one went even better. The Super Falcons humiliated their neighbours hitting them for 15 goals, their best ever win. The girls scored nine goals in the first half and six in the second.
And then on Tuesday, they played against Mali, their last group match. The first half ended goalless, but Mali did go down to ten women. They defended bravely in the second half but were finally broken down in the 67th minute by a strike from Rafiat Sule. Late in the match, in the second minute of stoppage time, Uchenna Kanu confirmed the 2:0 win for Nigeria.
With this win, Nigeria finished top of Group B with three wins, nine points, 22 goals scored and just one conceded. Uchenna Kanu scored the most goals, nine in total. Head coach Thomas Dennerby has praised the players for their efforts during the group stage. The Super Falcons will now play Ghana in the semi-finals of the WAFU tournament. They finished second in Group A, with Ivory Coast first.
Should the Falcons be victorious against Ghana they will face either hosts Ivory Coast or Mali in the final game. This encounter will be played on Sunday, May 18th.
The World Cup is scheduled to start on June 7th where Nigeria will play in the group with Norway, the Korean Republic and the hosts France. The first match is on June 8th followed by the second encounter on June 12th and the last group match on June 17th in Rennes.
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