female Super Falcons yesterday beat female Scorpions of The Gambia 1-0 in the
first leg of the African Women’s Nations Cup Qualifiers played at the
Independent Stadium in Bakau.
The Super Falcons’ midfielder Ooronkwo Amarachi’s shot scored the lone goal in the 18th minute of the game. Coming into the game, many football predictors and fans predicted that the Super Falcons will beat The Gambia with a margin of at least 5 goals but with the Queen Scorpions performance, the tie could still be difficult for the Nigerian side when they meet on Monday for the second leg.
Speaking in an interview with reporters shortly after the game, Queen Scorpions head Mariama Bom Sowe expressed sadness for the defeat.
She congratulated her players for showing a respectable performance, adding that they came into the game to collect the maximum on home soil. “I am happy with the final result even though we lost to Nigeria because many people were thinking that Nigeria will come to Banjul and humiliate us,” She said.
According to her, The Gambia may not match the standard of Nigeria in football, while expressing optimism to beat Nigeria in Abuja.
The Super Falcons head coach Dennerby Thomas Lennart said wining an away game especially scoring an away goal was very important to them. “Even though we won the match but we should have scored more than one goal looking at the chances we created,” he said.
He equally congratulated the Gambian team for showing a respectable performance against them, saying coming into the game they aimed to finish the tie in Banjul during the first leg.