Ajibade Leads Nigeria To WAFCON Semi-Final, 9th Consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup

by Echezona obinna

Rasheedat Ajibade scored the single goal in Nigeria’s quarter-final match against Cameroon on Thursday, advancing the Super Falcons to the semi-finals of the 2017 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, WAFCON, and a record ninth consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup berth.

With the victor guaranteed a trip to Australia and New Zealand next year, both teams were wary of conceding first and were ineffective in breaking down the opposition’s defense until Ngozi Okobi’s incredible solo run resulted in a pass to Ifeoma Onumonu, who crossed for Ajibade to head home.

Although the Cameroonians pushed for an equalizer, resolute defending from Nigeria denied them thier bid to drag the game into extra time.

The qualification means Nigeria is among the club of seven countries who have made it to every FIFA Women’s World Cup since its inception in 1991 – although the team’s performance at these finals have not been impressive.

Having sealed World Cup qualification, Randy Waldrum and his girls will now turn their attention to maintaining their dominance on the continent by winning a record 10th WAFCON. But first, they must negotiate their way past host Morocco next Monday.



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