THE NIGERIA women’s football team is gearing up for the Women’s World Cup after winning the Women’s West African Football Union cup title for the first time.
The team beat Ivory Coast on penalties in the final on Saturday in Abidjan.
After 90 minutes both teams had one goal each. Ivory Coast’s N’Guessan Koko Ange, who was voted player of the tournament, had scored first in the 41st minute, while Uchenna Grace Kanu netted a goal four minutes into stoppage time.
Kanu was the highest scorer of the tournament. She scored 10 goals.
In addition to taking the title, the Super Falcons also remained unbeaten throughout the tournament and scored a total of 23 goals, the highest of any team in the competition.
Ghana’s Black Queens, last year’s winners, came third.
Following their success in the Wafu tournament, the Super Falcons are getting ready to compete in the Women’s World Cup, which kicks off on June 7.
Six of the team’s home-based players have travelled to Austria ahead of the World Cup.
Also joining Nigeria and the 22 other teams in France are Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz.
The team will be competing in the tournament for the first time after their history-making qualifier in October last year.
The Voice is sponsoring the Reggae Girlz. To mark their monumental achievement, we have secured 50 exclusive early bird packages with the Caribbean Reunion Club at a cost of £375 per person. The package includes return flights on British Airways to France (Lyon), ground transportation (Lyon to Grenoble), hotel accommodation (overnight), match ticket and supporters pack.