The Super Falcons of Nigeria have retained their crown as African champions. The continent giant were victorious over South Africa 4-3 on penalties in the final of the Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) at the Accra Sports Stadium, Ghana on Saturday.
— Total Women's Africa Cup of Nations (@CAF_AWCON) December 1, 2018
Like the Cameroon semifinal, it was a stalemate (0-0) after 120 minutes of action. But Thomas Dennerby’s ladies held their nerves and defied fatigue to take revenge over the Bayana Bayana.
The triumph makes it the 9th time time Nigeria would rule Africa. It was also a perfect birthday gift for Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Pinnick who clock 45.
Overall, it was not a bad performance from the Nigerian ladies in Accra on the evening. 15 minutes to the end of normal time, Woman of The Match, Francisca Ordega won the Falcons a penalty. However, star striker, Asisat Oshoala failed to convert. During penalties, Lebohang Ramalepe balloons her effort and Linda Motlhalo’s spot kick was saved by Tochukwu Oluehi in goal for Nigeria to hand the West Africans glory. Thus, the 31 year old heroine and her teammates deny South Africa a first AWCON title.
NAWIS CONGRATULATES VICTORIOUS SUPER FALCONS
In related development, the Association of Women in Sports (NAWIS) has congratulated the Super Falcons on their victory over the Banyana Banyana of South Africa Saturday in the final match of the 11th Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON), Ghana 2018.
In a statement signed by the PRO NAWIS, Olufunke Kanjuni join other sports loving Nigerians in saluting the heroic performance of the Super Falcons, winning their 9th title.
NAWIS commended the players for displaying uncommon strength, confidence and skill in their victory over the South Africans.
The association urged members of the team and their handlers to remain focused and dedicated even as they prepare for greater glory to Nigeria at the 2019 FIFA World Cup in France.
“We at NAWIS are proud of the Super Falcons of Nigeria for winning her 9th title. They have exhibited the Nigeria spirit despite stiff resistance from Cameroon and South Africa in the finals.
“The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the coaching crew and the supporters in Ghana played their role in ensuring the team performs well. This is the beginning of success for the female team”, the statement reads.
NAWIS appealed to government and sports loving Nigerians to support women participating in sports.
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