Ghana’s Black Queens, today, Wednesday, held the reigning Champions, Nigeria’s Falcons to a 1 -1 draw in one of the group phase matches of the ongoing 10th Women Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.
The Falcons began the campaign on a bright note as Asisat Oshoala scored her fifth of the tournament in the 19th minute at the Stade Omnisports Limbe.
Ghana came out smoking with revenge mission and got it two minutes before recess, as Ugo Njoku committed a foul in the box and Elizabeth Addo connected it from the spot.
In the second half, the reigning champions piled much pressure on their West African counterparts, but the Black Queens were well organized at the rear and kept the shoreline even.
Oshoala should have put Nigeria ahead in the 63rd minute but failed to connect a cross by Francisca Ordega, and in the 77th minute.
Substitute Florence Dadson came close at the other end, but goalkeeper Alaba Jonathan timed her run well.
A brilliant move by Faith Ikidi pierced the Ghanaian defence with two minutes left, only for Ordega to fluff the opportunity with Desire Oparanozie unmarked behind her.
The Falcons remain top of Group B on goals difference from the Black Queens, and will play Kenya on Sunday. The Black Queens will slug it out with Mali, who had earlier been clubbed 6-0 by Nigeria. [myad]