The Super Falcons of Nigeria beat their South African counterparts 1-0 in the final of the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) in the final played in Accra on Saturday, December 1.
The game went into extra time after a keenly contested 120-minute that ended in a goalless stalemate in Accra, Ghana.
Nigeria had the chance to take the lead in the 75th minute after winger Francisca Ordega was brought down in the box by Bayana Bayana goalkeeper, Kaylin Swart.
However, striker Asisat Oshoala stepped up to take the resultant penalty which she failed to convert.
The game went into penalty shootouts for the first time in the competition’s history with Nigeria winning 4-3 after
Onome Ebi had missed Nigeria’s first kick before Falcons goalkeeper, Tochukwu Oluehi saved the decisive spotkick from Linda Motlhalo, thus, securing victory for Nigeria.
Nigeria won the first five editions (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006) in the competition before they were dislodged in the semi-finals by hosts, Equatorial Guinea in their sixth attempt (2008), who went on to defeat South Africa 2-1 in the finals.
The Falcons won the last two editions – 2014 and 2016 – defeating Cameroon on both occasions in the final.