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Falcons beat Cameroon 1-0, lift eighth AWCON title


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Super Falcons celebrate after beating Cameroon 1-0, at the final of African Women Cup of Nation, (AWCON) in Yaounde, Cameroon, yesterday. PHOTO: CAF

“We have come this far and I don’t see the Cameroonians stopping us from retaining our trophy, which we are going to present as Christmas gift to Nigerians.”

It was a promise made, and indeed a promise kept, as the Super Falcons of Nigeria, yesterday, defeated the host nation Cameroon 1-0, in a match played at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé.

With this victory, the Falcons, who are the defending champions, have now won eight titles out of a total 10 in since the beginning of the Africa Women Cup of Nation (AWCON).

An 84th-minute goal by Desire Okparanozie was all that the Falcons needed to send millions of Cameroonians to early bed.

Before yesterday’s final, the Nigerian girls had vowed to avenge the home defeat the Super Eagles suffered in the hands of the Cameroonian in Lagos 16 years ago, that was when Nigeria co-hosted the AFCON with Ghana in 2000.

Emzor Brand Ambassador, Asisat Oshoala, received the award for the highest goal scorer of the AWCON tournament.

An elated Coach of the Super Falcons, Florence Omagbemi, who won the AWCON title, as a player and now, as a coach, said she gave kudos to the girls for making the nation proud.

“I am indeed proud of the team for fulfilling their promise of defending their title, which they did. But I must also commend the Cameroonians for giving us a good fight. I want to thank the Nigerian community in Cameroun for their relentless support for the team.

“I am excited because I have become the second African to win the AWCON titles both as a player and now as a coach. Former Super Falcons Striker, Uche Eucharia, who led the senior female national team to South Africa 2010, was the first person. It is indeed an honour to be part of this great team,” she stated.

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