Florence Omagbemi’s side left the Cameroon’s capital city for Nigeria after they defeated the Indomitable Lionesses to claim an eighth African title
Th super Falcons ended their two-week journey by pipping the hosts at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium to claim their record eighth title and first ever continental crown in central Africa on Saturday in Yaounde. The Super Falcons won the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) for the eighth time after beating hosts Cameroon 1-0 before a capacity 40,000 crowd.
An 84th minute goal from Desire Oparanozie’s strike fired Nigeria to African Women’s Cup of Nations glory with a 1-0 win over Cameroon in Yaoundé and retain the trophy they won in Namibia two years ago, when they beat the same Indomitable Lionesses 2-0.
Media Parrot Nigeria reports that the Super Falcons have dominated Women’s Cup of Nations, winning 8 out of the 10 editions played so far.
In a repeat of the 2014 final, Cameroon finished as runners-up again despite enjoying massive home support.
In front of Cameroon president Paul Biya, the hosts had the best of the first half, with a number of chances for Aboudi Onguene.
But the Indomitable Lionesses failed to make the most of their opportunities, even with the Falcons looking like an average team and not the defending champions.
In the second half, Oparanozie, who also scored Nigeria’s winner against South Africa in their semi-final, hit the decisive goal again when she broke the deadlock seven minutes from time.
She followed through on a pass from the tournament’s leading scorer Asisat Oshoala to give her team the trophy
Security in the stadium was stepped up for the final because of the presence of President Paul Biya and roads were blocked for several kilometres around the stadium since early morning.
Thousands more supporters were locked outside after tickets were given out free as “invites’’.
There were three fan parks around Yaounde set up for people to see the game.
Ghana finished as bronze medallists after a 1-0 win over South Africa on Friday.
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