The curtain came down on the 10th Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) competition held in Cameroon after 15 absorbing days of soccer action.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria made history after winning the competition, defeating the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon by a goal to nil in the pulsating final.
Striker Desire Oparanozie scored the winner five minutes from time as Nigeria beat hosts Cameroon 1-0 in the final on Saturday at a packed Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde, to hand Nigeria a record eight title.
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Cameroon has traditionally struggled against Nigeria, and it was the third time after 2004 and 2014 that the Super Falcons had beaten the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon in the final (three time finalists before this year’s tourney).
The Black Queens of Ghana (three times runners up) finished as bronze medallists after a 1-0 win over South Africa (Banyana Banyana four times finalists), on Friday in the third-place play-off at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde. Defender Linda Eshun scored the solitary goal just after half-time to ensure the Black Queens return home with some pride.
Eight countries took part in the tournament.
Hats off to the players who represented the various African countries, and we continue to celebrate Nigeria’s historic win.
Women’s AFCON 2016: Awards
Best Player: Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene (Cameroon)
Top scorer: Asisat Lamina Oshoala (Nigeria) – 6 goals
Fair Play award: Cameroon