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.
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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.For
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