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Okoronwko’s late strike helps Nigeria pip Ivory Coast, books qualification in WAFCON 2022

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Esther Okronkwo scored late as Nigeria pips the Female Elephants in the second leg of the play-off round, to qualify for the 2022 African Women’s Cup of Nations.

The Super Falcons also won the first leg by 2-nil ah the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja last week with Ifeoma Onumonu’s brace putting Nigeria at a vantage from the first leg.

On Wednesday, Esther Okronkwo bagged the only goal of the second leg in the eighty-seventh minute to give the Falcons a 3-nil aggregate win.

Côte d’Ivoire had a chance to reduce the deficit on shortly before half time when they were awarded a penalty but Chiamaka Nnadozie made a brilliant save to keep the score goalless.

The reigning WAFCON champions are the latest team to qualify for this year’s edition which will hold in July and may go on to be the representatives for Africa at the 2023 FIFA women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The other teams who have so far qualified are hosts Morocco, Uganda, Burundi, Zambia, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia and Burkina Faso.

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