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Morocco defeated on penalties to get to the women AFCON final against South Africa

Morocco defeated nine-woman Nigeria 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 deadlock to advance to the Women's Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon) final against South Africa. 


When Ifeoma Onumonu was stopped in the second round of the shootout by Atlas Lionesses goalie Khadija Er-Rmici, Rosella Ayane was able to score. 


Yasmine Mrabet's own goal gave Nigeria the lead after midfielder Halimatu Ayinde was dismissed, but Sanaa Mssoudy promptly equalized.


After Rasheedat Ajibade, a forward for the defending champions, was dismissed with 19 minutes left in the game, a resolute defensive effort proved to be the difference. 


Chiamaka Nnadozie of Nigeria stopped the North Africans in extra time, and Gift Monday nearly won it for the Super Falcons with a powerful attempt that hit the crossbar. 


To dislodge the nine-time champions and ensure a new name would be on the Wafcon trophy, Morocco kept their composure in front of a boisterous crowd in Rabat. 


Four-time runner-up South Africa needed a disputed injury-time penalty to defeat Zambia 1-0 earlier in the day. 


Linda Motlhalo maintained her composure to score in the 94th minute after Martha Tembo was found to have fouled Jermaine Seoposenwe.

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