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Africa Women Soccer finals: Nigeria vs Equatorial Guinea this Sunday; after Nigeria whipped Cameroon 5-1

Special to USAfricaonline.com and CLASSmagazine, Houston

Equatorial Guinea secured their maiden FIFA Women’s World Cup voyage after they beat South Africa 3-1 in the semi-finals of the CAF African Women’s Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa. They will be joined by Nigeria’s Super Falcons who qualified for their sixth finals with a 5-1 romping over Cameroon.

The two will now play in the final of the continental championships to determine the destination of the trophy on Sunday, 14 November. Equatorial Guinea are the reigning continental champions after they beat South Africa two years ago as hosts. ref: FIFA

Nigeria’s Super Falcons were the first to book their ticket on Thursday. It was the skill of their prolific striker, Perpetua Nkwocha, who netted a hat-trick, that inspired the highly flying Super Falcons to victory over their Cameroonian counterparts. Nkwocha has been one of the success stories of the Falcons camp in this tournament and the striker has, so far, netted a whopping 10 goals – making her the top goalscorer of the tournament.

Equatorial Guinea laboured hard for their victory. It was in the second half of extra-time when, sensing fatigue from South African, they upped the tempo of the match to lethal effect. A brace from Equatorial Guinea striker Simpore Salimata and an own goal from South African defender Simphiwe Dludlu condemned the hosts to defeat. ref: FIFA

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African Women Championship South Africa – Nigeria beat Cameroon 5-1 Thursday (Nov 11, 2010) to advance to the final of the 2010 African Women Championship (AWC) in Sinaba, South Africa, and pick the ticket to the 2011 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Prolific scorer Perpetua Nkwocha’s hat-trick, the second of the tournament, gave Nigeria the massive victory.

Helen Ukaonu and Ugochi Oparanozie scored the remaining goals for Nigeria, while with Jeannette Ngock pulled one back for Cameroon.

Each member of the Super Falcons will get 220,000 Naira (US$1,466) for the victory.

Africa’s second slot at the FIFA World Cup in Germany will be picked by the winner of the second semi-final between host South Africa and defending champion Equatorial Guinea later Thursday. ref:Pana 12/11/2010

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