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Super Falcons beat Senegal to sail into AWCON finals

13 April 2016, 08:52

Abuja - Cup holders Nigeria will be one of the eight countries that will participate in the 10th African Women Cup of Nations holding in Cameroon from 19th November – 3rd December, after the champions saw off the Teranga Lionesses of Senegal 2-0 in the final qualifiers on Tuesday.

Goals by midfielders Rita Chikwelu and Osarenoma Igbinovia, in either half, sent the Falcons soaring to a 3-1 aggregate win over the Senegalese, following both teams’ 1-1 draw in Dakar on Friday.

The seven –time African champions fluffed a hatful of chances in the first half, with Arsenal FC of England new signing Asisat Oshoala looking a lot less sharp than her usual self, and forward Desire Oparanozie forced to start from the bench as a result of the injury she sustained in the first leg.

Also read: Oshoala, Oparanozie optimistic ahead of Senegal clash

Oshoala even failed to convert from the penalty spot after Ebere Orji was upended in the box, before Chikwelu connected a brilliant pass to put Nigeria in front in the 36th minute.

Igbinovia was at the right place to connect another brilliant pass from the right just a minute into the second half, to somehow settle the nerves of dignitaries and spectators at the National Stadium, Abuja.

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