Super Falcons lose on penalties to Morocco in WAFCON semi-final
Nigeria’s Super Falcons were defeated by Morocco on Monday in a 1-1 stalemate that required penalties, and they will not be hoisting their tenth championship just yet.
Despite losing two important players to red card offenses in the second half, the Super Falcons managed to force the game into overtime and penalty shootouts via sheer tenacity.
The team continued to hold on for more than 50 minutes before falling to the Atlas Lionesses valiantly after Halimatu Ayinde and Rasheedat Ajibade were given their matching orders following a VAR review that determined both players to have been responsible for reckless tackles.
Nigeria has now missed three WAFCON finals since the tournament’s start due to defeat. On the other two occasions, Equatorial Guinea came out on top in the end, taking third and fourth place in 2008 and 2012, respectively.
On Friday, Nigeria will play Zambia for third place, while on Saturday, South Africa and Morocco will compete for the first time at the WAFCON championship.
Banyana Banyana of South Africa: Third Time Lucky?
In the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, or WAFCON, final, South Africa frequently faces off against host nations. The bad news is that they fell short in both cases.
South Africa, as they have done now in Morocco, reached the final to face host nation Equatorial Guinea in 2008 and 2012, the two times that Nigeria failed to win the trophy. Both of them lost, 2-1 and 4-0.