Nigeria, South Africa Set For AWCON Final On Saturday

by Samuel Abasi Posted on November 27th, 2018

Accra, Ghana : Defending champions, Nigeria Super Falcons and South Africa’s Banyana Banyana have both qualified for the final of the Total 2018 CAF African Women Nations Cup set for Saturday in Accra Ghana.

Nigeria  edged Cameroon 4-2 in penalty shootout also picking the first of three tickets to the FIFA Women’s World Cup while South Afirca beat Mali 2-0 and also picked the second World Cup ticket to France.

The first semifinal game of the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) played at the Accra Sports Stadium, which saw Cameroon Indomitable Lionesses dominating the proceedings, ended 0-0 at regulation time.

With an extra 30 minutes without a goal from both sides, the defending champions, however, showcased their playing prowess in a 4-2 penalty shootout against their West African neighbours.

Captain Onome Ebi, Asisat Oshoala, Rasheedat Ajibade and Ngozi Ebere all converted the opportunities for the Super Falcons with goalie Tochukwu Oluehi saving a penalty.

Nigeria will take on the winner in the second semi final match between South Africa and Mali, to determine the tournament’s champion.

The Super Falcons with the victory have also qualified for 2019 FIFA World Cup in France.

The Banyana Banyana will face the Super Falcons in Saturday’s final after dispatching Les Aiglonnes in Cape Coast on Tuesday

A goal in either half was enough to steer South Africa to a 2-0 semifinal victory over Mali at the ongoing Africa Women Cup of Nations in Ghana on Tuesday.

Houston Dash attacker Thembi Kgatlana and Lebogang Ramalepe emerged heroines for the Banyana Banyana at the Cape Coast Stadium as their strikes set up a final date with eight-time champions Nigeria on Saturday.

The result also secured Desiree Ellis’ outfit qualification ticket for the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup in France.

Image : Nigeria Super Falcons (left) and South Africa’s Banyana Banyana.

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