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2022 WAFCON : Nigeria, South Africa complete the Semi-final line up at the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations

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The Super Falcons and Banyana Banyana complete the 2023 FIFA Women’s World cup and Semi-final line after their 1-0 wins against their respective opponents at the 2022 Total Energies Women Africa Cup Of Nations in Morocco.

In the first game of the day, Rasheed Ajibade’s 57th-minute header sent Nigeria to a ninth consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup edging the quarter-final tie against Cameroon 1-0 in Casablanca.

Nigeria will therefore meet hosts Morocco on  Monday in the first semi-final. Being the third African nation to reach the semifinals, after Zambia and Morocco had qualified on Wednesday, it was automatic that the West Africans would pick up a World Cup slot on Thursday evening.

Falcons captain Onome Ebi who played at the finals for the first time in 2003, will become the first African to play at Six(6) World Cups if she makes the squad for the tournament in 2023.

Into the game Cameroon, as first half appeared to a it dull, Atletico Madrid’s Ajebade headed home a Ifeoma Onumonu’s cross in the second stanza inorder Indomitable Lionesses to have a response for Nigeria to stay in contention.

Cameroon forwards Njoya Ajara Njout and skipper Gabrielle Onguene didn’t cause any trouble the Nigerian as expected meaning that coach Gabriel Zabo will have to do more in their repechage clash against Botswana on Sunday.

This will be the last chance for Cameroon if they are to feature at their first Women’s World Cup since 2019.

On the semi’s, Nigeria will be without star Barcelona striker Asisat Oshoala for their juicy clash in the Hosts Morocco who are in good form in the capital.

In the last game of the quater-final stage, The Banyana Banyana of South claimed a significant 1-0 win against a spirited Tunisia securing a ticket to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations semi-final in Rabat, Morocco.

For Tunisia just like the other losers of at the quater-final stage will advance to a one-match repechage.

Having made the difference, Jermaine Seoposenwe was the name for the South Africans as she slotted home a 14-minute strike that proved to be the all-important match winner.

Banyana also had to make do without star forward Thembi Kgatlana as she tore her Achilles in the victory over Botswana in the final group stage match on Sunday.

South Africa who had created many goal-scoring chances in thei previous games did the same. But only hit the target once on the two on target.

Tunisia tried reach out for for equaliser in the second half after coming close, with two penalty claims bieng denied of the North Africans.

The ended 1-0 in favour of South Africa who will play their semi-final encounter against Zambia.

Semi-finals at THE 2022 WAFCON

Monday 18th July 2022

South Africa vs Zambia – 20:00(EAT)

Morocco vs Nigeria – 23:00(EAT)

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