The victory once more confirmed their lead at the level of the continent.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria have won the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations 2016 after beating host Cameroon 1-0 at the Yaounde Omnisports Stadium on Saturday December 3, 2016. Desire Oparanozie’s 86th minute goal gave them their eighth continental football trophy. The victory of the Super Falcons once more confirmed their supremacy at the level of the continent. Throughout the competition, the Nigerians were tipped as favourites and their winning the trophy was not a surprise to many football lovers.
Coached by Florence Omagbemi, the Nigerians topped Pool B with seven points wining two matches and drawing. Nigeria beat Mali in the first game 6-0, drew 1-1 with Ghana and beat Kenya 4-0 to move to the semi-finals stage. The Super Falcons beat the Banyana Banyana of South Africa 1-0 at the Limbe Omnispports Stadium to reach the finals. Nigeria has dominated the competition, winning all but two of the 10 editions played so far.
Florence Omagbemi knows what it takes to win the tournament having won it four times as captain in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004. She finally lifted the trophy as a coach. The team is made up of the tournament’s top scorers. The Super Falcons have a strong defence conceding only once through a penalty in their draw with Ghana. The exploits of six-goal tournament top scorer Asisat Oshoala are still fresh in the hearts of football lovers.
The final match against the Indomitable Lionesses was a fascinating battle as both sides went into the game determined to lift the trophy.