The Atlas Lionesses of Morocco have beaten the Super Falcons of Nigeria 5-4 on penalties to qualify for the final of the 2022 African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON).
In the keenly contested encounter at the Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat, Morocco on Monday night, the North Africans dashed the Nigerian ladies’ hopes of winning the trophy for a record tenth time.
It was also the first-ever AWCON final appearance for Morocco.
The first forty-five minutes was cagey and enterprising but ended goalless.
Both teams, however, started the second half with increased vitality and desire to score goals.
Three minutes into the second half, Nigeria’s Halimat Ayinde was given her marching orders after getting a red card.
Uchenna Kanu, however, broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute from a scramble within the opposition goal post to put Nigeria ahead.