The African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) continues with the semi-finals today between the Super Falcons of Nigeria and the Lionesses of Cameroon at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The captain of the Nigeria ladies team, Onome Ebi, has expressed confidence in reaching the final ahead of their fierce rivals in an interview granted to the media.
Ebi said, “We are in great spirit for the semi-final match with the Cameroonians.
“We made our mistake against South Africa, and I think it was a great wake-up call for us. That defeat told us something: that we should never underrate any team and that we must be ready to give our 100 per cent for every match.
“We will give everything we have to get past the Lionesses and qualify for the World Cup, and then we can battle the final with whichever team we meet there.”
The winner on Tuesday earns an automatic ticket to next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France, with the loser having another opportunity as the third-placed team will also get a ticket.
The loser takes on the loser of the second semi-final between South Africa and Mali (also on Tuesday evening in Cape Coast) to determine who bags the third ticket to France.
The Lionesses bagged seven points from three matches to top Group A, beating Mali and Algeria and drawing with hosts Ghana in a match that saw the host team eliminated.
Nigeria finished second in Group B with six points with wins against Zambia and Equatorial Guinea after losing their first match against South Africa.