The Nigeria’s U20 girls, Falconets have emerged champions of the women’s football tournament of the 12th African Games in Rabat on Thursday after a 3-2 penalty shoot-out triumph over their counterparts from Cameroon.
With the regulation time and extra-time ending 0-0 at the Stade Boubker Aamar outside Rabat, penalty shoot-out followed which the girls won.
The victory was the first gold for the Falconets at the African Games in 12 years, having not qualified for the 10th edition in Mozambique in 2011 and finishing outside the medals’ range in Brazzaville four years ago.
Nigeria U20 girls is one of only four teams to have featured in every edition of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup since the competition started 17 years ago, triumphed.
In the semi-final on Monday, the Christopher Danjuma’s side cruised past Algeria 3-0, while Cameroon required extra-time to subdue hosts Morroco 3-1 on the same day.
The win means Nigeria have won the African Games for the first time since 2007 in Algiers and their third crown in five attempts.
It was also a fitting accomplishment to bid bye to the first captain of the Falconets team, Ifeanyichukwu Chiejine, whose remains were committed to mother earth in Lagos on the same day.