The Super Falcons of Nigeria have once again made the nation proud with their recent heroics at the just concluded 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations in Accra, Ghana!
The Nigerian team had their work cut out for them from the beginning of the tournament, having lost their first game to South Africa. However, the Falcons soon got on their front foot and began crushing their opponents until they made it into the final round of the cup. It was more than mere coincidence that their final opponent was South Africa — the only team that had defeated the Falcons earlier in the competition.
Though the South Africans were strong, the Nigerians were better, and ultimately claimed the 2018 AWCON title.
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Oluehi’s performance in the game was the most outstanding of all the Falcons. With no goals from either side, the game went into extra time and the goalie’s title winning save won Nigeria the 2018 AWCON trophy.
- Onome Ebi
Nigeria’s defender par excellence and Super Falcons captain, played a very important role in ensuring that Nigeria won title on Saturday.
- Francisca Ordega (Woman of the Match)
Ordega put up quite the remarkable showing for Nigeria in the final. She won a penalty for Nigeria in regulation time, however Asisat Oshoala slipped and missed the shot.
- Osinachi Ohale
Ohale did quite well for Nigeria against the Bayana. Though she received a warning card in the first half, she was an active defense against South Africa’s goal thirsty forwards.
- Halimatu Ayinde
Ayinde was one of Nigeria’s top players in the finals, her quick wit and speed was a great difficulty to the South African defense.
- Ebere Obi
The defender was in good form for Nigeria, adding to the compact structure of the Falcons defense line.
- Josephine Chukwunonye
Chukwunonye also added to the strength of Nigeria’s impenetrable back-line.
- Rita Chikwelu
Rita put up quite the performance during the game, and maintained composure well enough to help fortify Nigeria’s midfield.
- Ngozi Okobi
Okobi was not in her best form, yet her performance was well above par.
- Rasheedat Ajibade
Ajibade was introduced to replace the injured Desire Oparanozie, however the fierce forward failed to replicate her usual tenacity and wit on the ball, and was substituted in the 62nd minute.
Oshoala’s performance during the final was average. Her penalty miss was very unexpected, however she fought to redeem herself throughout the entire minutes of the game.
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