In a compelling display of determination, the Super Falcons of Nigeria clinched their spot in the 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) after overcoming Cape Verde in the final qualifying round, MySportDab Reports.
The clash took place in Praia, where the Nigerian team staged a comeback to triumph 2-1 in the second-leg match on Tuesday evening.
Facing Cape Verde, the Super Falcons found themselves trailing after Ivan Moreira’s 8th-minute opener for the hosts. Undeterred, Nigeria rallied in the second half, with Esther Okoronkwo netting an equalizer in the 62nd minute after being brought on for Uchenna Kanu.
The comeback was sealed in stoppage time, courtesy of Rasheedat Ajibade’s decisive goal, securing a 2-1 victory.
The Super Falcons entered the second leg with confidence riding high, having dominated the first leg with an emphatic 5-0 win. Despite Cape Verde’s early lead in the second leg, Nigeria’s resilience and strategic substitutions paved the way for a remarkable turnaround.
The aggregate scoreline of 7-1 underscored the Super Falcons’ dominance over Cape Verde in the two-legged encounter. The aggregate win solidified Nigeria’s place in the 2024 WAFCON, set to be hosted by Morocco.
Coach Justin Madugu’s tutored Super Falcons showcased their pedigree, overcoming early setbacks and demonstrating their prowess on the field.
The victory not only secures Nigeria’s participation in the upcoming WAFCON but also extends their impressive record of having participated in every edition of the tournament, where they have emerged champions a remarkable eleven times.
As anticipation builds for the 2024 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Falcons will look to carry their momentum into the tournament hosted by Morocco.
The resilient performance against Cape Verde serves as a testament to the team’s character and ambition as they aim for glory in continental women’s football.