There was a mild drama at the Agege stadium Lagos Monday evening as the Super Falcons were eliminated on the away goal rule after their second leg second round clash against Cote d’ Ivoire on a 1-1 draw after the first leg ended on a goalless stalemate.
The Nigeria Football Federation officials and their counterparts from Cote d’ Ivoire had to crosscheck what the FIFA and CAF rules say on away goals to decide outcomes of two legged fixtures.
In the game proper, the Falcons started the game on a promising note as Gift Monday let fly a shot at the edge of the Ivorian box but agonizingly missed target.
However the guests scored in the 12th minute as a free-kick by Kapho Nana beat goalkeeper Nnadozie.
Ange N’guessan went close to doubling the advantage for the Ivorian side but Asisat Oshoala restored parity for Nigeria in the 34th minute when she latched onto a through pass.
Rasheedat Ajibade received a pass as the Falcons enjoyed some moments of possession early in the second half but her final touch let her down while a Francisca Ordega shot cannoned off the cross bar in the 57th minute albeit she was flagged offside.
The Ivorian side resorted to time wasting which paid off for them and the final whistle went before the confusion all started.