NIGERIA REACHES FINAL OF WOMEN’S AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

Defending champions Nigeria will take on hosts Cameroon in the final match of the 10th Women’s Africa Cup of Nations here Saturday, after beating South Africa’s Banyana Banyana 1-0 in Tuesday’s semi-final encounter.

Cameroon got the better of Ghana 1-0 in the first semi-final match at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde on Tuesday, with a second half strike. Nigeria, some moments later, did the same against South Africa in a match played simultaneously at the Stade Omnisports in Limbe.

The top scorer at the last edition of the competition in Namibia, Desire Oparanozie, scored her second goal of the tournament for Nigeria. It was a bullet shot from a free-kick at the edge of the penalty box, but it was enough to send the Super Falcons into the final for the eighth time.

Two shots by midfielder Ngozi Okobi in the first half failed to trouble the Banyana goalkeeper Andile Dlamini.

In the 33rd minute, Oparanozie blasted over from a free-kick in a good position, when it appeared easier to open the scoring. She however made up for that eight minutes into the second half.

From a similar position, she opted for a rocket, which took a deflection before flying past Dlamini.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK