The Super Falcons, Nigeria's formidable national women's team, have once again stamped their authority in the Women's Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) by qualifying for the 2024 edition held in Morocco.
With a rich history boasting 11 titles, the Super Falcons continue to dominate the competition, and their journey to the upcoming tournament is nothing short of impressive.
Having clinched their last WAFCON trophy in 2018, the Super Falcons embarked on their latest qualification quest in the Cape Verde vs Super Falcons clash.
In a resounding 7-1 aggregate victory, the Nigerian team showcased their prowess and determination to secure a spot in WAFCON 2024.
The final qualifier, Cape Verde vs Super Falcons, held at the Santiago-Estadio Nacional Blue Shark in Praia, saw Captain Ajibade and teammates emerge triumphant with a 2-1 victory.
Despite facing challenges, the Super Falcons displayed resilience in the absence of key players.
Star striker Asisat Oshoala, along with Michelle Alozie, Jennifer Echegini, Ashleigh Plumptre, and Benfica's Christy Ucheibe, were unavailable for both legs of the qualifier.
Their absence posed a significant test for the team's depth and adaptability.
Cape Verde vs Super Falcons: Nigeria soar to WAFCON 2024
In the initial leg hosted in Nigeria, the Super Falcons dominated the pitch, with Uchenna Kanu and Esther Okonkwo contributing two goals each, complemented by another from Monday Gift.
The 5-0 victory set the tone for their overall success in the qualifier.
Cape Verde vs Super Falcons: Dramatic second leg
The return leg in Cape Verde presented its own set of challenges, with the hosts taking an early lead.
However, the Super Falcons showcased their tenacity as substitute Esther Okoronkwo leveled the score with a solo finish at the 62nd minute.
The thrilling encounter concluded with Rasheedat Ajibade's last-minute goal, securing a 2-1 victory and an impressive 7-1 aggregate result for the Nigerian women national team.
The Super Falcons' journey to WAFCON 2024 stands as a testament to their resilience, skill, and collective spirit.
With a legacy of success and a roster of talented players, the Nigerian team is poised to make a significant impact in Morocco, aiming to add another chapter to their storied history in women's football.
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