The Super Falcons of Nigeria have emerged because the champions of Africa for a tremendous ninth time as they beat South Africa’s Bayana Bayana 4-Three in Saturday’s Girls’s Africa Cup of Nations remaining on the Accra Sports activities Stadium.
Though the Super Falcons have all the time received all their earlier remaining matches in AWCON, they have been pushed to the wire on Saturday as they needed to undergo the tortuous route of additional time after which penalty kicks earlier than they might win this time.
Simply because it was within the semifinal match in opposition to Cameroon, Tockhukwu Oluehi was the hero for Nigeria, saving the final kick that denied the South Africans an opportunity to dethrone the Falcons.
The sport ended 0-Zero after 120 minutes in Accra though each groups had respectable probabilities to interrupt the impasse.
The Tremendous Falcons have been gifted a giant probability late within the second half when goalkeeper Swart introduced down Francisca Ordega within the field.
The referee had no possibility however to level to the penalty spot.
Sadly, Asisat Oshoala who stepped up missed the spot-kick as the ultimate dragged to additional time.
The primary clear probability at additional time was carved out by Nigeria.
Oshoala attempting to redeem her picture went previous her marker earlier than releasing a shot that was scrambled away by Swart.
The South Africans additionally created possibilities of their very own by means of Chrestinah Kgatlana and Linda Motlhalo however goalkeeper Oluehi was as all the time up and doing.
Ultimately, the lottery of penalty kicks was required to find out who wears the crown between Nigeria and South Africa.
The Tremendous Falcons began on a improper footing as Onome Ebi missed her first kick within the shootout.
Nonetheless, Nigeria nonetheless received 4-Three with Ngozi Ebere, Rita Chikwelu, Chinwendu Ihezuo and Chinaza Uchendu changing the subsequent 4 and Oluehi saving the decisive remaining kick.
Already, the Falcons have been promised $10,000 every in the event that they win the 2018 AWCON and they might be comfortable heading to the feminine World Cup in France subsequent yr as African champions once more