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Nigeria Beat South Africa to Win the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations

Nigeria Beat South Africa to Win the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations

The Super Falcons edged out the Banyana Banyana in penalties to win 4-3.

Nigeria won the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations title over the weekend, after defeating South Africa in the final match held in Accra.

Following a 0-0 draw after regulation and extra time, the game went to penalty kicks. The Super Falcons's goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi emerged as the hero after making the game-winning save against South Africa's Linda Motlhalo.

The Nigerian team, who arrived at this year's AWCON as defending champions, retain their stronghold over the competition, having won 9 times in 11 editions of the cup.


Here's how BBC described the penalty shoot out drama:

With no players able to break the deadlock, and tiredness hitting both sides, the drama of the penalty shoot-out followed. It was a terrible start for Nigeria as Onome Ebi hit the post, with Noko Matlou then successfully scoring into the top corner to make it 1-0 to Banyana Banyana.

Ngozi Ebere then scored for Nigeria with Lebohang Ramalepe missing for South Africa. Super Falcons skipper Rita Chikwelu made it 2-1 as Mpumi Nyandeni duly put her penalty away to level the score. Chinwendu Ihezuo made it 3-2 to the holders, with Mamello Makhabane keeping the drama alive by scoring for South Africa.

Chinaza Love Uchendu put Nigeria 4-3 up - with Motlhalo suffering the heartbreak of seeing her shot saved by Oluehi as Nigeria celebrated their triumph.


See some pictures and celebrations from the AWCON final below: