They beat the Banyana Banyana of South Africa 4-3 after penalty kicks in the final in Accra on Saturday December 1, 2018 to clinch the continental trophy.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria have once more demonstrated their superiority in women football on the continent. They beat the Banyana Banyana of South Africa 4-3 after penalty kicks in the final at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday December 1, 2018 to clinch the continental trophy. It was a tough encounter that kept spectators on their feet shouting and cheering the layers. Prior to the encounter, Nigerian fans dressed in their national colours thronged the venue with songs and dancing to cheer the players. The brass band of the Die-Hard Supporters Union of Ghana was present to encourage the teams. For many fans, the victory was a revenge for the Nigerians who lost to the South Africans in their first outing.
The Nigerians began the game well, putting pressure on the South Africans but they lost their scoring chances. The South Africans put up a strong fight creating panic in the Nigerian defence but they did not materialise their chances. At half time, the score line was 0-0. On resumption, Nigeria continued putting pressure on the South Africans but they lost their chances. At the 75th minute Assisat Oshoala missed a penalty after her team mate Francisca Ordega was fouled by the South African goalkeeper. They equally missed another opportunity at the 82nd minute. After 120 minutes of play, no side was able to score and only penalty kicks could separate the teams. Nigeria has thus won the trophy for the ninth time since the introduction of the competition in 1991. At the end of the competition, the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon finished third and equally won the trophy for Fair Play.
Super Falcon, Francisca Odrega won the Woman of the Match Award and Banyana Banyana’s Chrestina Kgatlana won the trophy for the Total Woman of the Competition. The win is a record ninth for Nigeria. The next edition of the competition is billed for Congo in 2020.
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