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:
MOOD: For the 9th time !!! The Super Falcons of Nigeria are champions of African women football 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆… https://t.co/JtquMP2OwC— King Tinuoye👑 (@King Tinuoye👑)1543692624.0
Mood in our Super Falcons dressing room. Final way 🇳🇬 #AWCON2018 https://t.co/UFMVov9LFV— Footytool (@Footytool)1543345268.0
I had the pleasure of speaking to Banyana Banyana to congratulate them on their achievements and also wish them wel… https://t.co/IZ65EgjEuJ— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 (@Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦)1543653508.0