Nigeria continued their dominance in the African women’s cup of nations, winning their 10th title in Yaounde Cameroon.
The super falcons successfully defended their title defeating Lionesses of Cameroon in the final that took place this evening
Cameroon was the most serious side in the first half threatening to wrestle the trophy from Nigeria.
The defending Champions calmed the game down after 20 minutes before the match became even in the first fourty-five minutes.
The home side continued to charge forward but goalkeeper Alaba Jonathan made series of fine saves to keep Super Falcons in the contest.
Cameroon supported heavily by the home fans were more determined to win in the second half, threatening Nigeria’s defence.
In the 85th minute, Desire Oparanozie was rewarded for her hard work when she scored the only goal of the match that made the Falcons fly above the Lionesses.
Asisat Oshoala who has been firing on all cylinders in their previous matches but was kept quite on Saturday won Golden booth for been the highest goalscorer of the tournament with 6 goals.
Goalkeeper Alaba deserved special praise for making the Super Falcons came out from the Lionesses’ den unscathed.
With this result Nigeria remains the most successful team in Africa
Once again Cameroon who was looking forward to avenge their 2014 defeat was left dissapointed.
Let us look at the history of the Falcons in the African Women’s Nations Cup.
in 1991, Nigeria hosted and won it defeating Cameroon 4-0.
1995 Nigeria also hosted and won beating South Africa 7-1.
1998, Host Nigeria defeated Ghana 2-0
2000, Nigeria beat host South Africa 2-0
2002, Nigeria hosted and won defeating Ghana 2-0
2004, Nigeria thrashed Camerooon 5-0
2006, Host Nigeria beat Ghana 1-0
2008, Nigeria beat Cameroon 5-4 on penalties as host Equatorial Guinea won
2010, Nigeria defeated Equatorial Guinea 4-2
2012, Nigeria lost third place game, 1-0 to Cameroon, as Equatorial Guinea hosted and won
2014, Nigeria beat Cameroon 2-0
2016. Nigeria defeated Cameroon 1-0
The next event is coming up in Ghana in 2018