Desire Oparanozie struck in the second half of Nigeria’s Super Falcons semifinal clash against South Africa in
Limbe on Tuesday to ease into the final of the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations.
The striker’s freekick at the edge of the box was all the defending champions needed to settle the contest although
they lost several scoring chances and were also denied a penalty in the dying moments of the game.
The slim 1-0 win means Nigeria will face hosts Cameroon in the final 4pm Nigerian time.
The South Africans were dominant in the first half and went close on several occasions but were thwarted by the
four-wall Nigerian defence of Osinachi Ohale, Ugo Njoku, Faith Ikidi and Onome Ebi.
The Bayana Bayana even had a goal ruled out for offside from a smart freekick. Nigeria had won six previous meetings
with the South Africans losing once.
Hosts Cameroon have qualified for the final of this year’s Africa Women’s Cup of Nations after defeating Ghana 1-0
in Tuesday’s semi-final in Yaounde.
It is Cameroon’s third AWCON final (they lost in the 2004 and 2014 finals to Nigeria’s Super Falcons).
The only goal of the game was scored by Raissa Feudjio in the 72nd minute, who latched on to a loose ball inside
Ghana’s 18 yard box after the Black Queens keeper Nana Ashantewa failed to hold a cross.