Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Oluehi the heroine as Ngozi fly Falcons to AWCON final

Oluehi the heroine as Ngozi fly Falcons to AWCON final
November 27
20:12 2018

Rivers Angels shot stopper Tochukwu Oluehi was the heroine for the night as the Super Falcons of Nigeria defeated Cameroon in Accra, Ghana.

The Falcons won 4-2 on penalties to qualify for the final of the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) on Tuesday night.

Oluehi saved one kick in the shootouts after the game was not decided after the 120 minutes goalless affair at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Nigeria will face either South Africa or Mali in the final of the competition.

Super Falcons goalkeeper Oluehi made a great save to deny Tche’s attempt at goal seven minutes into the game.

It was a balanced affair between the two sides in the first 20 minutes of the exchanges, but the Indomitable Lionesses were the better side in terms of possession.

Despite their high pressing style, Cameroon failed to score in the first half which ended 0-0.

It was an end to end affair in the second half with barrage of attacks by the two sides.

Gabriella Onguene Aboudi tried her luck from long range but it failed to trouble goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi while Ngozi Okobi saw her ambitious strike saved by Ngo Ndom shortly after.

Nigeria combined play effectively and almost drew the curtain raiser when Josephine Chukwunonye sprayed a low pass to Asisat Oshoala who crossed to the path of Okobi.

The former Delta Queens star failed to direct her effort home.

Ngo Mbeleck forced Oluehi to a stunning save following a neat interplay by the Cameroonians in the 66th minute of action.

The game was not decided at regulation time and it stretched to extra time.

In the shootouts, tension was in the air as the two teams needed luck to go through to the final and pick their place at the 2019 FIFA Women’s Cup in France.

The two teams scored their first two kicks each.

Falcons keeper Oluehi pulled off a smart save from Gaelle Engenamouit’s kick before Oshoala made it 3-2.

The Indomitable Lionesses missed their fourth kick as it hit the bar.

Barcelona FA defender Ebere Ngozi kept her cool to send her team through to the final with a decisive strike as Nigeria won 4-2.

How the Super Falcons lined up: Tochukwu Oluehi, Josephine Chukwunonye, Ebere Ngozi, Onome Ebi (C), Osinacho Ohale, Halimatu Ayinde, Rita Chikwelu, Ngozi Okobi (Rasheedat Ajibade 62′), Francisca Ordega (Anam Imo 86′) Asisat Oshoala, Desire Oparanozie (Amarachi Okoronkwo 95′)


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