The Super Falcons of Nigeria defeated The Bayana Bayana of South Africa 4-3 on penalties to successfully defend the trophy they won two years ago.
The match ended 0-0 after regulation time and same after the extra-time. South Africa looked a more better side on the day after enjoying much of the possession. Pacy winger, Chrestinah Kgatlana posed a threat to the West Africans throughout the entire duration.
Nigeria was handed a golden opportunity to take the lead and possibly seal the deal after South Africa’s goalkeeper, Roxanne Kimberly Barker brought down a Nigerian attacker in the 18-yard box but Asisat Lamina Oshoala missed by blowing the ball off target.
Both sides looked worn out in during the extra time with little action. The game ultimately had to be decided from the spot and Linda Maserame Motlhalo and lebohang Ester Ramalepe all missing for South Africa after defender, Onome Ebi missed the first spot kick.
This will be Nigeria’s 9th trophy in 11 appearances. Their qualification to the finals also hands them the ticket to the 2019 World Cup in France along with South Africa and Cameroon who placed 2nd and 3rd respectively.
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