Super Falcons of Nigeria are out of the race to the WAFU Zone B trophy after Ghana’s Black Queens beat them. The Queens got through to the final of the maiden women’s tournament after edging out rivals, Nigeria 5-4 on penalties.
The semi-final game played on Thursday at the Parc de Sports in Abidjan was like the final match by the quality of the match as the elements of rivalry between these two football giants were in full display.
Nigeria took an early lead on the eighth minute through Alice Ogebe but Faustina Ampah cancelled that lead on the 18th minute.
The second half saw the Ghana side come up strongly, but it was simply not anybody’s day to win in regulation time, pushing the game straight to penalty kicks.
Goalkeeper Patricia Mantey made two saves of Nigeria’s kicks – the Falcons first and last, while Grace Asantewaa of Ghana had her kick saved.
Ghana will now play the final against hosts, Cote d’Ivoire on Saturday in what will be a replay of their Group A opening clash.
Nigeria and Mali will play the third place match.