African Games: Falconets daze Uganda 2-0 to reach finals

Falconets against their Ugandan counterparts at the African Games
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By Aderonke Ojo

Nigeria’s Under-20 female football team, the Falconets, on Monday reached the finals of the women’s football event at the 13th African Games in Ghana.

They defeated their Ugandan counterparts 2-0 in the semi-finals
of their match at the Cape Coast Stadium.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Falconets have therefore boosted their quest to clinch the gold medal in their event.

NAN reports that Monday’s encounter was closely contested with both teams vying for a spot in the final.

Falconets had beaten Morocco 2-0 in their first match before a 4-0 humbling of Senegal in their second group B game to qualify for the semi-finals.

Both teams had pushed for a breakthrough in the first half of the match which ended goalless.

Substitutes, Adaobi Okoh and Chiamaka Okwuchukwu, scored the goals that lifted the Nigerians over Ugandans for a place in the final of the African Games 2023.

The Ugandans fought well until Okoh, who replaced Olushola Shobowale, found the back of the net in the 74th minute with her first touch in the game.

Okwuchukwu added the second goal in the 89th minute to give Nigeria the desired victory.

The Falconets will face the winner of the second semi-final tie between hosts Ghana and Senegal.

The looser in the second semi-final match will meet Uganda in the bronze medal’s match of the women’s football event.

NAN reports that Falconets won the gold medal in the event at the 12th African Games in Rabat, Morocco, in 2019.

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The 13th African Games, which started on March 8, will be rounded off on March 23.

The ongoing games are being held across three cities in Ghana – Accra, Kumasi and Cape Coast. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Dianabasi Effiong

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