The Super Falcons of Nigeria defeated the Black Queens of Ghana in the first leg of the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations, AWCON qualifier.
Uchenna Kanu was the heroine of the day in Lagos scoring two first-half goals to hand Randy Waldrum’s ladies the driving seat in the first half.
Kanu netted the opener in the 21st minute and wrapped up the second on 5 minutes later to score all the goals needed by the nine-time champions to send the visitors home empty-handed.
Both the Falcons and Black Queens are seen as powerhouses as far as women football is concerned in Africa but one of them will miss the action at Morocco 2022 with the newly-adopted qualification system by CAF.
Missing out of the AWCON would be a costly option for both Nigeria and Ghana as it means automatically missing out on a chance to be at the World Cup.
Ghana and Nigeria have met in 17 previous matches, before Wednesday’s clash with the Super Falcons dominating with nine wins compared to three victories registered by the Black Queens.
The 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations, scheduled for Morocco in the summer of next year, will also serve as the qualifying tournament for the 32-team FIFA World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand in 2023.
Reporting by Chrity Dashe; Edited by Adeniyi Bakare