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Nigeria win record 11th Africa Women’s Cup of Nation title

Nigeria’s Super Falcons successfully defended their Africa Women’s Cup of Nations title after beating South Africa’s Banyana Banyana 4-3 on penalties on Saturday.

The 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations’ final match, played at the Accra Sports Stadium, had ended goalless in full regulation time.

After the 30 extra minutes produced no goals, the match went into shoot-outs.

The South Africans were seeking to win the title for the first time in their history, though already having chalked a maiden qualification to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

They went into Saturday’s game having beaten the champions 1-0 in Group B.

But the African champions fought hard to keep the resilient South Africans at bay, especially cutting supplies to leading goal scorer Thembi Kgatlana, whose five goals won her the Golden Boot.

This worked to perfection and what even went their advantage – a penalty during open play – was missed by markswoman Asisat Oshoala.

The win gives the Super Falcons their 11th title overall.

While South Africa win Silver, Cameroon won Bronze after beating Mali 4-2 on Friday.

The next edition of the tournament is scheduled to be held in Congo.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

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