The top prize as far as women football is concerned in Africa is up for grabs when the Super Falcons of Nigeria and South Africa’s Bayana Bayana battle in Saturday’s Women Africa Cup of Nations final in Accra.
Nigeria and South Africa have been in the final together once – in 2000 when the South Africans hosted but the Nigerians successfully retained the trophy after a 2-0 defeat of the hosts in Johannesburg.
Nothing suggests that there would be an easy ride for either of the two teams in Saturday’s final as the South Africans have shown that they have come of age, beating Nigeria in the group opener and sealing their place at next year’s World Cup with their last win against Mali.
That said, experience is an advantage standing on the Nigerian side and it should count for something especially as the Super Falcons already know what Bayana Bayana can bring to the table.
The whole of Africa is waiting to see if the Super Falcons will extend their dominance with a ninth title in Accra on Saturday or whether Bayana Bayana will smile home with their first African title ever.
Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for live updates of the 2018 AWCON final.
Kickoff is 5.00p.m.
The national anthems of both teams already rendered
VIPs including the CAF President take their turns for a handshake with the players
Only one change in the Nigeria starting line up today … Desire Oparanozie drops to the bench as Rasheedat Ajibade gets the nod to start
Game underway… South Africa with the opening pass
Game temporarily halted but action resumes as the ball appears faulty
Oshoala takes a weak shot but the South Africa keeper almost spills that
South Africa launch their own attack also but Keeper Oluehi makes an easy catch
South Africa dictating the pace in the midfield at the moment
Oshoala gets a stern warning from the referee after a rough tackle on a South African ,, Bayana Bayana get a free kick
Ten minutes already gone,,, while there have been attempts at goal it is still 0-0 at the Accra Sports Stadium
Freekick for South Africa as Chukwunonye commits a foul
SHOT!! Oluehi parries away for a corner kick
Pressure eased for Nigeria as Super Falcons get a goal kick
Chikwelu with a long pass that gets through Oshoala
Both Nigeria and South Africa Coaches are on their feet
Okobi tries a shot but is over the bar
Ajibade wins a corner kick for Nigeria as her cross was intercepted
Another corner kick for Nigeria as the Super Falcons are gradually imposing themselves in this game
Okobi swings in the corner kick but Oshoala’s header is off target
Oshoala tries to spot Ordega but the South Africa rushes out for an interception
The South African keeper being attended to and back up action
SAVE! South Africa goes down low to save shot from Okobi
This is the 12th meeting between the Super Falcons, Nigeria won 9, Bayana Bayana win 2
Ajibade curls the ball into the South Africa box, the keeper reaches it before Oshoala
While it is still goalless in the final of AWCON 2018, the tournament has recorded 51 goals so far
Corner kick for South Africa but Ajibade nods out for Nigeria
Ajibade’s shot blocked in the box as Nigeria piling more pressure
Good defending by Ebi .. South Africa win a corner kick
The first half winding down and still no goals for either side
Oshoala goes down in the South Africa box hoping for a penalty kick but referee only gives a corner kick
One minute added time over
Half Time Nigeria 0-0 South Africa
We are back for the second half… Super Falcons restart the game
Corner kick for South Africa.. dealt with Chukwunoye
Ajibade commits a foul around the centre circle.. free kick for South Africa
Chikwelu with a brave block
Freekick for South Africa… Okobi nods away and Bayana Bayana get a corner kick
Medics attend to Falcons goalkeeper Oluehi
Game back on
South Africa missed a good chance
Well-Checked… Oshoala sandwiched by South Africa defenders
Nigeria have won in all the previous finals they have played before now
Nigeria Sub: Chiwendu Ihezuo in for Rashedat Ajibade
Ebere charging forward but her move has been stopped
Throw-in for Nigeria
South Africa win another corner kick as they continue to press
South Africa Sub: Nyadeni in for Ndimenu
PENALTY!!! Ordega wins a spot kick for Nigeria
Oshoala to take it… She misses!!!
Poor kick from Oshoala!!!
Shot by Ordega blocked
Oshoala flagged offside
Three minutes added time
Pensive mood everywhere on the faces of the fans and coaches
We go into extra time… Oshoala’s penalty appears costly
Hope she can shake that off and make amends in the next 30 minutes
Extra time resumes
Yellow Card: Ordega gets booked
SHOT!! Oshoala tries to redeem herself but South Africa Swart makes a fantastic save
South Africa comes close… Oluehi makes a calm save!
Save… Oluehi at the right place at the right down to deny South Africa again
First Half Extra Time over
We are back for the second half extra time
Nigeria sub: Ordega pulled out for Uchendu
Oshoala goes down in the penalty box but referee waves play on
YELLO CARD… Nigeria Captain Rita Chikwelu booked
Free kick for South Africa…. Lovely shot but Oluehi parries away for corner kick
One minute added time
Extra time over….
Nigeria followed the same route against Cameroon
Swart and Oluehi which of the goalkeepers will emerge tops
Ebi takes first kick and misses!
South Africa scores 1-0
Second kick for Nigeria… Ebere takes it and scores! 1-1
South Africa misses second kick still 1-1
Rita Chikwelu with the third kick for Nigeria .. she scores Nigeria 2-1 South Africa
South Africa with their third kick… GOAL! Nigeria 2-2 South Africa
Fourth kick for Nigeria Ihezuo scores Nigeria 3-2 South Africa
Fourth kick for South Africa scores… Nigeria 3-3 South Africa
Fifth kick for Nigeria… Uchendu score Nigeria 4-3 South Africa
Fifth kick for South Africa,,,, Miss!
Nigeria are champions again