AWCON 2018 Final (Live Updates): Nigeria battles South Africa for another title

Nigeria Super Falcons
Nigeria Super Falcons

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


CLOSE! Ordega makes an attempt from a difficult angle but effort goes inches wide

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


For the first time ever.. The final of the AWCON may enter extra time

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












 


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