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Nigeria are through to the final of the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations after defeating Cameroon 4-2 on penalty shootout after a keenly contested 90 minutes ended in a 0-0 stalemate at the Accra Sports Stadium on Tuesday.

The Super Falcons struggled to contain the Cameroonians, who were keen to upstage them, with captain Onome Ebi, Osinachi Ohale and Josephine Chukwunonye managing to foil their early threats from attacks led by Gaelle Enganamouit.

The eight-time African champions, who had defeated the Indomitable Lionesses at the last two finals, and were set to defend their title again but an Annette Ngo Ndom-led defence stood in their way, the goalkeeper stopping efforts from Francesca Ordega, Ngozi Okobi and enterprising Asisat Oshoala.

The Super Falcons of Nigeria have secured a spot in the semi-final of the ongoing Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana after they pummeled Equatorial Guinea 6-0 in their final group game on Saturday.

Three goals from Asisat Oshoala who nonetheless is yet to hit top form, and a goal each from Francisca Ordega, Desire Oparanozie and Captain Rita Chikwelu ensured that the Falcons finished as runners-up in Group B behind table toppers, South Africa.

The Nigerian ladies were 4-0 up in the first half before they finished off with two more goals to set up a semifinal clash with one of their fiercest rivals on the continent, Cameroon.