Su­per Fal­cons con­quer African foot­ball to win 9th AWCON ti­tle

Sunday Trust - - SPORT - By Olu­sola ‘Jide @jide_o­lu­sola

The Su­per Fal­cons have again shown their supremacy in African foot­ball to win the African Women Cup of Na­tions (AWCON) for the ninth time. The game went into ex­tra time af­ter a keenly con­tested 120-minute that ended in a goal­less stale­mate in Ac­cra, Ghana.

Nige­ria had the chance to take the lead in the 75th minute af­ter winger Fran­cisca Ordega was brought down in the box by Bayana Bayana goal­keeper, Kaylin Swart.

How­ever, striker Asisat Oshoala stepped up to take the resultant penalty which she failed to con­vert.

The game went into penalty shoot-outs for the first time in the com­pe­ti­tion’s his­tory with Nige­ria win­ning 4-3 af­ter

Onome Ebi had missed Nige­ria’s first kick be­fore Fal­cons goal­keeper, Tochukwu Oluehi saved the de­ci­sive spot­kick from Linda Motl­halo, thus, se­cur­ing vic­tory for Nige­ria.

Nige­ria won the first five edi­tions (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006) in the com­pe­ti­tion be­fore they were dis­lodged in the semi-fi­nals by hosts, Equa­to­rial Guinea in their sixth at­tempt (2008), who went on to de­feat South Africa 2-1 in the fi­nals.

The Fal­cons won the last two edi­tions – 2014 and 2016 – defeating Cameroon on both oc­ca­sions in the fi­nal.

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