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Kholosa Biyana of South Africa. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Women's World Cup: All the Goals, Highlights & Best Clips of South Africa, Nigeria & Cameroon

Featuring Nigeria's first victory at the 2019 Women's World Cup and more.

The FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 kicked off last Friday with this year's host, France, thumping in a decisive win over South Korea.

This Women's World Cup is hosting three African teams as they compete for the big trophy: South Africa's Banyana Banyana, who are in the Women's World Cup for the first time ever, Nigeria's Super Falcons and Cameroon's Indomitable Lionesses.

The first round of the WWC is done later today and we've got the best videos, goals, and highlights for you to check out below.

Keep checking back for more updates as the Women's World Cup 2019 goes on.

UPDATED JUNE 17, 2019


Gabrielle Onguene Scores vs Netherlands

Cameroon's Gabrielle Onguene tied the game against Netherlands with a beautiful run and header set to beat the keeper and get herself clear on goal. It was a stylish finish from the Cameroonian striker. Despite the goal the Netherlands would go on to win 3-1.

Watch the full match highlights here

Chiamaka Nnadozie Sets a World Cup Record

Nigerian goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, at only 18-years-old, became the youngest keeper to keep a clean sheet at the Women's World Cup, according to the popular football stats page OptaJoe. After the defeat against Norway, Nigerian coach Thomas Dennerby opted to replace the veteran goalie Tochukwu Oluehi with the new youngster, who stepped up and made some essential saves during the game to keep the South Korean team at bay.

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Nigeria Claims First 2019 Women's World Cup Victory

The Nigerian women's national team just earned their first 2019 World Cup win against South Korea. After suffering a loss to Norway during their first match over the weekend, the Super Falcons won 2-0 against the South Korean team in a Group A face-off on Wednesday. They earned their first goal after South Korea's Kim Do-yeon scored an own-goal, putting Nigeria in the lead in the game's first half. The winning goal was scored by 24-year-old Nigerian forward and former Liverpool player, Asisat Oshoalawho led a skillfull counter-attack to claim the win for Nigeria.

Watch the full match highlights here

The Indomitable Lionesses vs Canada

Cameroon also had a bad start to the Women's World Cup as they lost 1-0 to the Canadian team due to a powerful header. The team showed their fighting spirit however and will be coming back strong against The Netherlands and New Zealand.

Full highlights of Cameroon vs Canada above.

The Super Falcons vs Norway

Nigeria didn't have a great start to the Women's World Cup as they were handed a 3-0 loss to Norway, which included an unfortunate own goal. All of Norway's goals came in the first half. The Super Falcons didn't stop fighting, though, throughout the rest of the game and will look to turn things around as they take on South Korea and France.

Full highlights of Norway vs Nigeria here.

A wonder goal & South Africa's first ever Women's World Cup Goal

The South African team had their first match again Spain and quickly scored their first ever Women's World Cup goal in style. Striker and leading Banyana Banyana scorer in qualifying, Thembi Kgatlana, let off a perfect shot to the top right corner to defeat the Spanish keeper. It was a thing of beauty. Unfortunately, the team suffered a 3-1 defeat caused by two penalty kicks and a red card.

Full highlights of Spain vs South Africa here.

Banyana Banyana's Entrance

Even before the competition started the South African team was trending worldwide for their epic entrance to the Women's World Cup. It's hard not to get into the video above.

Interview
Photo: Shawn Theodore via Schure Media Group/Roc Nation

Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

A candid conversation with the Jamaican icon about his new album, Upside Down 2020, his influence on afrobeats, and the new generation of dancehall.

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right.

Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride.

The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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