AWCON 2018: Falcons Retains Title, Defeats South Africa 4-3 On Penalties

AWCON 2018: Falcons Retains Title, Defeats South Africa 4-3 On Penalties

The Super Falcons defeated South Africa 4-3 on penalties to claim the Africa Women Cup of Nation (AWCON) for a record ninth time after a keenly contested game that went to penalties after a goalless 120 minutes of action.

The match was a very cagey one with both sides nullifying each other which made chances very few.

In the 48th minute, Ordega blasted a good chance over the bar, and 14 minutes later, Ngozi Okobi’s good move and cross was overhit.

In the 75th minute, Ordega ran determinedly onto a brilliant pass from Okobi but was scythed by goalkeeper Christen Swart.

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Zambian referee Gladys Lengwe awarded a penalty, but Oshoala screwed her shot and it went away.

The match ended goalless with penalties needed to determine who the champions would be.

In the shootout, Onome Ebi missed Nigeria’s first kick, hitting the upright, but after Alice Matlou and Ngozi Ebere netted, Lebohang Ramalepe booted her effort wide.

Rita Chikwelu and Nyandeni scored, as did Chinwendu Ihezuo and Mamello Makhabane, but after Chinaza Uchendu found the roof in a cool manner, Motlhalo watched in agony as Oluehi stretched to stop her kick and hand Nigeria the trophy.

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