By Jimmy Jackson
The Super Falcons failed to earn a 10th final match/trophy after falling 4-5 on penalty kicks in the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) semi-finals on Monday at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium with 42,500 fans in Rabat, Morocco.
The nine-time champions, Super Falcons received two red cards which ultimately helped the Atlas Lionesses of Morocco securing their first ever final.
Reckless challenge by Halimatu Ayinde in the 48min and Rasheedat Ajibade in the with 78 min of regulation time saw the defending champions reduced to 9 women on the field.
An own goal from Yasmin Mrabet through a force shots from Kanu gave the Super Falcons the lead in the 62nd minute, but the Atlas Lioness restored proceeding when Sanaa Mssoudy fired in a shot from close range to level the game at 1-1.
Nigeria lost the shootouts 4-5 as Moroccans ran into wild celebrations in front of a packed stadium with mostly home fans
Ifeoma Onumonu played her kick straight at goalkeeper Khadija Er-Rmichi in the ensuing penalty shootout, sending the hosts to their biggest victory in women football.
Morocco will now play South Africa in final while Zambia will host the Super Falcons in the Third place Match.