Women AFCON: Morocco Stun Nigeria To Set-up South Africa Final

Monday, July 18
•Zambia 0-1 South Africa
•Morocco (4)1-1(4) Nigeria

Morocco booked a place in the Women AFCON final for the first time after ousting defending champions Nigeria.

The game at Prince Moulay-Abdellah Complex was watched by a record 45,562 capacity crowd.

Morocco however needed shootouts to write history, against a Nigeria side that finished the game with two players down.

Halimatu Ayinde was sent off in the 48th minute but Nigeria took the lead just after the hour mark when Yasmin Katie Mrabet scored into her own net.

Sana Mssoudy then levelled from close range after Nigeria goalkeeper spilled a low cross from Fatima Tagnaout.

And Rasheedat Ajibade was sent off in the 70th minute for a dangerous play to leave Nigeria with nine players.

But Nigeria held on to send the game into extra-time, and could have killed it right at the death but were denied by woodwork, to necessitate penalty shootouts.

Moroccan Goalkeeper Khadujah Er-Rmichi kept out Ifeoma Onumonu’s kick as the hosts sailed through.

In the earlier semifinal, South Africa scored in closing stages – Linda Motlhalo penalty – to beat Zambia Copper Queens and return to the final that will be contested on Sunday.

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