Nigeria’s Super Falcons reached the WAFU Women’s Cup of Nations semi-finals as Group B winners with a 2-0 win over already qualified Mali, who finished as runners-up.
Rofiat Sule and Uchenna Kanu provided the decisive moments for the reigning African champions.
The result means Nigeria will face bitter rivals in the semi final.
Record nine-time African champions Nigeria knew a point would be good enough to take them through to the last four stage.
Despite Nigeria’s increased possession, Thomas Dennerby’s side could not find the cutting edge up front in the first half.
Mali were reduced to 10 women after a reckless foul on Falcons captain Evelyn Nwabouku in the 45th minute.
Prolific strikers Sule and Kanu applied the finishing touches for the Falcons in the second half.
Nigeria will take confidence from inflicting a defeat on Mali – as well as standout performances by Nwabuoku, Sule, Kanu, Osarenoma Igbinovia and Amarachi Okoronkwo.
According to the team’s programme, the Falcons will fly out of Nigeria to Austria on 21stMay, where they will spend two weeks at the world –renown Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf perfecting strategies for the 8thFIFA Women’s World Cup finals. They will arrive in France on 4thJune.
At the World Cup finals, holding 7th June – 7th July, the African champions will file out against Norway in Reims on 8th June, take on Korea Republic in Grenoble on 12th June and tango with host nation France in Rennes on 17thJune.
Super Falcons XI vs Mali: Alaba Jonathan, Glory Ogbonna, Mariam Ibrahim, Cynthia Aku, Osarenoma Igbinovia, Evelyn Nwabouku [C], Esther Sunday, Amarachi Okoronkwo, Alice Ogebe, Uchenna Kanu, Chioma Wogu