Thursday, 24 November 2016


Asisat Oshoala's Goal Not Enough To Give Falcons Easy Semi-Final Qualification In The African Womens Cup Of Nation.

Super Falcons of Nigeria on Wednesday at Limbe Stadium were forced to settle for a draw with the Black Queens of Ghana at the 2016 African Women Cup Of Nation in Cameroon.

Arsenal Ladies striker and Super Falcons forward Asisat Oshoala put Nigeria forward after 19 minutes when Osarenoma Igbinovia took a dangerous free-kick was deflected by Oshoala and beat the Ghananian keeper.

Ghana equalise in just two minutes before the end of first-half when Nigeria's Ugo Njoku commited a foul inside her own box and the referee point to the penalty spot which was well converted by Elizabeth Ado of the Black Queens and then went to dominate the second half of the game.

Super Falcons coach, Florence Omagbemi, applauded the Black Queens of Ghana for giving her side a tough battle yesterday.
Omagbemi said the referee calls at time were dodgy, claiming that Nigeria deserved at least one penalty in the game.

"The game was great and both teams played well. Ghana gave us a good match and it was an impressive game. But the foul on Asisat Oshoala was a clear penalty in my own assessment. I was disappointed in the referee not making the call" Coach Omagbemi said.

She Added "Today we played against a good team and it was a good match by both teams. A draw is not a bad result. We played well and were not expecting to draw. I am looking forward to the game with Kenya and get a good result. We just want to play convincingly against Kenya and hopefully top the group."

Also commenting on the game, Ghana coach Yussif Basigi said his team was not satisfied with the draw because they came to win.

He said "We are not happy to draw the game, but it is good to draw when the need arises. Ghana versus Nigeria can go either way.
"We are not happy to draw, we have to take it in good faith. Against Mali, Nigeria opened up but against us it was very close. The competition is still on. We have to approach the Malian with all the seriousness to win and qualify convincingly."

Super Falcons Of Nigeria will now meet Kenya on Saturday for their final group phase game, while Ghana will play Mali on Saturday too.
Nigeria and Ghana are on same point in Group B with four points each but Nigeria are Topping the group with goal difference. Both Nigeria and Ghana need only to draw their game respectively and advance to semi final stage.

If Nigeria and Ghana draw their matches on Saturday, Nigeria will lead the group and face Group-A runners-up in the semi-finals.



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