The first round fixtures in the race to Morocco 2022 rekindled three decades long rivalry between the West African nations, has ended with the Nigerians edging the Ghanaians on a 2-1 aggregate win.

The Black Queens were looking to revive their qualification dream by overturning their first leg two-goal deficit but could not bury their chances. Princella Adubea broke the deadlock to score the lone goal of the game, firing home a fine cross from Portia Boakye two minutes into the second half.

Moments after the hour mark, Ghana suffered a major setback as they were reduced to ten women when captain Boakye was sent off after picking her second yellow card on the match for a poor challenge on Asisat Oshoala.

Minutes later, Nigeria was also reduced to ten players as Glory Ogbonna was handed the marching order for a careless rough tackle on a Ghanaian.

African champions Nigeria are through to the second round of the TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations despite a disappointing 1-0 defeat to west African rivals Ghana. The Black Queens will miss the Women’s AFCON for the second time after Equatorial Guinea 2012 absence.