Brilliant Super Falcons Edge Banyana On Penalties To Clinch 9th AWCON Title

Brilliant Super Falcons Edge Banyana  On Penalties To Clinch 9th AWCON Title

Nigeria’s Super Falcons clinched their ninth African Women’s Cup Of Nations title after defeating South Africa’s Banyana Banyana 4-3 on penalties in Saturday’s final, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Captain Onome Ebi missed the team’s first spot kick but the quartet of Ngozi Ebere, Rita Chikwelu, Chinwendu Ihezu and Chinaza Uchendu converted their kicks for the Super Falcons to secure Nigeria’s nineth AWCON title.


Both the Super Falcons and Banyana Banyana met in the group phase, with South Africans emerging 1-0 winners.

The Super Falcons had the first meaningful effort at goal in the opening stages of the epic final, but goalkeeper Kaylin Swartz pulled off the save at the second time after spilling it.

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Swartz came to Banyana’s rescue with a superb save in the 24th minute as the resilient Falcons threatened.

The Super Falcons went close once again in the 37th minute through Ordega Francisca, who saw her curling effort fly just wide of the target.

Super Falcons Edge Banyana  On Penalties To Clinch 9th AWCON Title

In the second half, Asisat Oshoala had the chance to be a hero when Nigeria were awarded a penalty in the 74th minute, however the Falcons striker placed his effort wide of the mark.

Chances were hard to come by for both nations in the concluding stages of regulation time, which ultimately sent the clash to extra-time.

After both sides failed to break the deadlock in the extra 30 minutes, it was left to a penalty shoot-out and it was the Falcons who came out victorious to claim their nineth title.

By Johnny Edward

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  • Bomboy 3 years ago

    We won! That is all that matters. Big congratulations to the players, coaching crew and all Nigerians home and abroad.
    We did it again!
    I reserve my other comments for next time (in order not to spoil the mood!).

  • PapaFem 3 years ago

    Asisat has lost 60% of the good qualities I saw in her 4 years ago. Her decision-making so poor and immature. Its hard to believe she was the same girl who took the world by storm at FIFA U-20. Kudos to the girls, though , for a job well done. Theres always a room for improvement .

  • Congratulation Nigeria.

    Though, encounter with Cameroon was the final. I knew that we would beat south Africa. It’s not about running around the field with ball it’s about focusing your energy on target. We would have won the match at regular time.
    Asisat is a good player. She only had bad outing in the game. That doesn’t remove the fact that she is a good player. Once again congratulations Nigeria.

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

    The dominant queens of African football. Obviously, we will not win the WorldCup. I’m only hoping they can at least make it out of the group stage this time. We must be very prepared as we are going to France as African Champions. With more friendly matches against top oppositions and extended camp time SuperFalcons still remains Africa’s only hope at the global stage

  • Austin 3 years ago

    Nothing can really contain my joy right now. No word to express my joy. We won. That’s all that matters. All GLORY TO ALMIGHTY GOD. Because if we had lost, these South Africans would run their mouth. The team did better than they did against Cameroon though the cameroonians were tougher and better than the South Africans. I know we’ll improve before the world cup. Congratulations Nigeria.

  • Oshoola is not bad at all. She should just take lesson from this tournament. To me she was very brilliant player still.

    • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 3 years ago

      If you Mr. Omoregia, could you please call this number (U.S).973-672-5950. If you are not, disregard. Thank you.

  • Austin 3 years ago

    I hope we can forgive oshoala. She’s our sister and daughter. A good player. She did so well against Cameroon both in the attack and in the defence. Just that she was not calculative and calm in taking that penalty against South Africa at regular time. But thank God we won. I know She’ll learn from her mistake.

  • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

    Thank God we won time for the team to go back to drawing board because our build up to attack is not pleasing but the defense is excellent. Ordega my girl of the tournament!

  • Toppy Shehu 3 years ago

    Congrats to Nigeria…
    They made my night.
    They made us proud.
    The beginning doesn’t matter but the ending really matter…
    South Africa were happy when they beat us at group match but we were the one to laugh last…
    Congrats to our girls.

  • The Falcons only played one friendly coming into this tournament, didn’t play a game all of 2017, coach names his squad with at least 5 key players not in camp. Trained for just 2 and half weeks. Still won title conceding just one goal.

    – Colin Udoh on twitter

    • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

      Then this must be the reason why the players can’t play like the use to!

      • Exactly. Nigeria has got to move away from the psyche that “all we have to do is to just turn up and win”.

        Imagine what we can achieve if we prepare adequately for roundness. If we have consistency in training, in improving and support for our teams.

        We could be world beaters if only our football administrators stop bickering amongst themselves eternally and get in with the business of putting in structures for our local leagues.

        If the football clubs are run properly and have not only first teams but also female teams and youth teams, and the league is run to schedule and at a good standard, we will be a force to reckon with at all levels

    • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago


    • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

      Nice one Big D. That was what i told ‘those who know football’ on this forum who went all gunz blazing and hurling insults at the coach after or loss on the 1st matchday. I really do not know what they wanted the coach to do with a team he had only spent 2 weeks with as against teams like SA and Cameroun who had been in and out of camp severally since january this year. Cameroun even participated in the COSAFA womens championships help in South Africa in september or so and played SA in an explosive finale. Our own falcons had no coach for close to 15 months, no camping, no friendlies….then wen the blockheads in NFF woke up from their sleep…they stupidly went to organize a friendly with 1 of the top 3 teams in the world and the host of next WC. How can a team that hand’nt assembled in over 15 months be assembled within few days to play to play almighty france. Infact the coach was just meeting with most of the players that prosecuted that friendly for the 1st time, just a few days before the match. that was in April….between April to October….we went to sleep again only to wake up and discover we had an AWCON to play in november. Yet those who know football very well expected us to play tiki taka and steam-roll teams we have been having a tough time defeating in the last 4 – 8 years as if God is not a God of justice. I know the NFF will still not learn any lessons from this tournament and this same shoddy way of doing things will repeat itself. But my happiness is that the message has been served…its left for the FA to get their pants together and sit up. Other countries can now match us in terms of talent, physicality and exposure. Cameroun and SA now have players playing professional football abroad, they now have experience at the world stage (World cup and olympics), we need to create a new comparative advantage for ourselves as soon as possible. I’ll talk about this comparative advantage thing….a la phillipe troussier and sam okpodu…..when i get back to base..(i dey on transit)..
      Meanwhile HUGE congrats to the Super Falcons once more. We WELL-MEANING Nigerians heartily congratulate them.
      But mehn…..internet is life….! Lolz

  • Toppy Shehu 3 years ago

    [Congrats to Nigeria..
    They made my night…
    They made us proud.
    The beginning doesn’t matter but the ending really matter..
    South Africa were happy when they beat us at group match but we were the one to laugh last…
    Congrats to our girls.

  • CONGRATULATIONS! super falcons of nigeria this a big happy christmas to all sport loving nigerian, what happen to ashola is not new in football as the likes of C RONALDO and LIONEL MESSI even ETO’O in one of the african cup of nations either in 2002 or so, had same experience it was like score and have the day but he missed it, its always sweet to win and you girls won CONGRATS!!

  • @Austin, we must forgive her even if they had loos the cup, what do u say of the super eagles? such can happen to any player, even the likes highly rated messi and c ronaldo had same experience, all de same congrats

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    All glory due to God almighty. Congratulations Super Falcons. I am very happy. However, I would never blamed Asisat for missing a penalty kick.

    The pressure on Oshoala was too much. It can happened to anyone. It has happened to big players before her such as Roberto Bagio of Italy, Maradona of Argentina and so on. That is not an issue.

    The main issue now is for the Super Falcons coach to strengthen the team before the world cup. That is for sure, he have to. He have to introduce young experience players into the team.

    Tactically, the man was there. He Subs most of our star players with inexperienced one and they still performing well. Today, Oparanozie didn’t play still, we won. The coach doesn’t rely on any players. Kudos to him.

    More so, Substitutions and the time he used to made the subs throughout the tournament showed that he has something different to prove and offers to the team and show the world in France that we are the champions of Africa.

    My message to NFF. Preparation…… preparation…..preparations have to start immediately if we are really mean the business. NFF must treat our Super Falcons very well this time around. Equal right is what I’m asking from NFF.

    We all knew how prepared Super Eagles was before the world cup in Russia. Still, they failed to make it out of the group. Therefore, if Super Falcons can getting the same treatment like Super Eagles, I’m pretty sure that they can win the world cup. For now, let’s celebrate with the team. Up Super Falcons. Up Nigeria. God bless us all. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Kudos super falcons they made joy round about me no doubt,there is always room for improvement

  • Ifeanyi 3 years ago

    Congratulations to Nigerians home and abroad. Our girls your are wonderful. You girls made us proud,you played well, I love you all. Our next target is world cup.

  • Ashy Slashy 3 years ago

    Not the victory but the manner of it that is all the more impressive. Having played less preparatory matches leading up to this tournament compared to their South African counterparts, the Falcons picked themselves up from a 1:0 defeat in their first match to go all the way to the final to defeat South Africa on penalties.

    This was no easy tournament by any stretch. Cameroon wanted to win it, South Africa wanted to win it, Ghana wanted it too but it was a rather ill-prepared, often underwhelming yet highly motivated and determined Nigeria that stubbornly refused to be dethroned.

    The other ladies will have to wait for another 2 years.

    Dennerby now needs to build on this platform to prepare hard so that the Falcons reach at least the quarter finals of the World Cup next year.

    It will be difficult though but with will, determination, right formation, tactics and the right team selection, the team should be able to come good next year.

    I am keeping my fingers crossed.