The President of Nigeria Muhammad Buhari Congratulates the super falcon for their victory on Saturday at the Ahmadou Ahidjou Stadium,they defeated hosts Cameroon 1-0 in the final of the 2016 African Women’s Cup of Nations to lift the title for a record eighth time.
Avant Guingamp of France striker, Desire Oparanozie, gave the Super Falcons the victory over the Indomitable Lionesses in a tensed match, which could have gone either way. The stadium was filled to capacity as fans of the host country came to cheer their team to victory.
Nigeria have now defeated Cameroon in three finals in the history of the competition. The Super Falcons stopped the Lionesses from lifting the AWCON title in the 2004 edition, when they beat them 5-0, and also the 2014 edition when Cameroon lost 2-0 to Nigeria courtesy of goals from Oparanozie and Arsenal Ladies forward, Asisat Oshoala.
Enroute to Saturday’s final, the Falcons and the Lionesses were undefeated. Nigeria beat Mali 6-0 before playing a 1-1 draw with Ghana and beating Kenya 4-0. The Nigerians edged out South Africa 1-0 in the semifinals while Cameroon beat Egypt 2-0 before beating South Africa and Zimbabwe 1-0 and 2-0 respectively. The hosts beat Ghana 1-0 to book a date against Nigeria.
Saturday’s match at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Omnisports Stadium was a repeat of the 2014 final between the two countries but the Lionesses were playing in front of their fans, who kept cheering them on.
Coach Florence Omagbemi retained the team which defeated BanyanaBanyana in the semifinals as Oparanozie was handed her second start of the tournament.
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