After a stuttering start to the 2018 African Cup of Nations, Nigeria’s Super Falcons clinched the cup after they defeated Banyana Banyana of South Africa 4-3 via penalty shoot out.
The Nigeria team who were also the defending champions of the tournament, prior to this year’s, started the game on the front foot pressing high up the pitch but the South African side later seized the possession and dominated play, for much of the game.
The African champions were rescued by the spectacular performance of its goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi who saved the day on numerous occasions.
Nigeria striker Asisat Oshoala had the opportunity to decide the game after the centre referee awarded them a penalty when the South African goalkeeper brought down Fransisca Ordega, but the Dalian Quajian player missed the kick
After the two could not be separated , it went into extra time and the game still stood goalless.
The game went into penalty shoot out, and Nigeria defender Onome Ebi missed the first kick but Oluehi saved the last for Nigeria and ensured the cup is retained.
Apart from winning the cup for a record 9 times, Nigeria will also represent Africa in the FIFA women world cup slated for France in 2019.