Nigeria’s Super Falcons Beat Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses to Win 8th Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) Title as Nigeria is crowned 2016 Nations Cup Champions as Nigeria beat Cameroon to win the 2016 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations with Desire Oparanozie who scored the winning goal for Nigeria. Nigeria won the women’s Africa Cup of Nations for an eighth time after a 1-0 win over hosts Cameroon in front of a capacity 40,000 crowd in Yaounde.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria who pitched against The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameron have emerged victorious yet again. The Nigerian Super Falcons have emerged champions of Africa again after beating Cameron 1-0 in the finals of the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations on Saturday.
Desire Oparanozie scored the only goal that saw the Falcons beat the Indomitable Lionesses in a nervy final match played at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Omnisports Stadium in Yaoundé. The win has seen Nigeria secure their eight African title even as Coach of the Nigeria team, Florence Omagbemi, made history to become the first individual to win the Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) as a player and a coach.
A late goal from Desire Oparanozie was enough for Nigeria to retain the trophy they won in Namibia two years ago. The Super Falcons have dominated this competition, winning all but two of the ten editions played so far. In a repeat of the 2014 final, Cameroon finished as runners-up again despite enjoying massive home support.
In front of Cameroon president Paul Biya, the hosts had the best of the first half, with a number of chances for Aboudi Onguene, but the Indomitable Lionesses failed to make the most of their opportunities. In the second half, Oparanozie, who also scored Nigeria’s winner against South Africa in their semi-final,hit the decisive goal again when she broke the deadlock seven minutes from time. She followed through on a pass from the tournament’s leading scorer Asisat Oshoala to give her team the trophy.
The winning goal from Nigeria was a huge blow for the hosts and the thousands of fans who filled the 40,000 capacity Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium more than five hours before kick-off. Security in the stadium was stepped up for the final because of the presence of President Paul Biya and roads were blocked for several kilometres around the stadium since early morning. Thousands more supporters were locked outside after tickets were given out free as “invites”. There were three fan parks around Yaounde set up for people to see the game. Ghana finished as bronze medallists after a 1-0 win over South Africa on Friday.
Cameroon 0 – 1 Nigeria Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) Final Match Highlights
- 90′ 0 – 1 [Full Time] Desire Oparanozie scored the winning goal for Nigeria as Nigeria’s Super Falcons Beat Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses to Win 8th Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) Title.
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