Nigeria edge Gambia in AWCON qualifier


Gambia missed out to Nigeria 1-0 at the first leg of the second and final round of Africa Women’s Cup of Nations Qualifier played on Wednesday June 6th in Banjul.

Super Falcons’ Okoron Kwoamarachi put up a thunderous shot that passed away into the middle roof of Gambia’s goal keeper Aminata Gaye despite her spreading of arms to thwart the danger opening good display of possession between the two sides.

Nigeria Coach Dennerby Thomas Lennart said: “It’s always important to win away games but could have scored more goals and complete the job here”.

He commended his team for not conceding a goal and praised the Super Falcons for their good performance.

“We should have played much better than this today. But we will be a little bit collective next time.”

Gambia Coach Mariama ‘Bom’ Sowe said her girls played beyond expectation. “Nigeria is a big footballing nation. I have made a promise to my country that we will win at home. Unfortunately we lost but the girls played very well and you see that we contained them as well.”

She said the physicality of the Super Falcons have also disturbed the Gambian girls “but I will continue to encourage them and let the fans continue to support us”.

The Gambia will play return to Nigeria on Monday 11th June in Lagos and the winner will qualify to the 11th edition of the AWCON Tournament in Ghana 2018.