Nigeria’s Super Falcons will seek to continue to dominance of women’s football in Africa when they face Banyana Banyana of South Africa in the women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Accra this Saturday.
The Falcons will hope to land a ninth African title after previous victories in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2016 while the South Africa’s Banyana Banyana are aiming to make history by winning their first title.
Only Equatorial Guinea have succeeded in usurping the dominance of Nigeria’s women on the continent in 2008 and 2012 and interestingly, the Falcons did not play in the final but rather the Banyana Banyana lost on both occasions to the Equatorial Guineans.
FOURTH TRY FOR BANYANA IN SHOWPIECE MATCH
This is the fourth time Banyana will reach the final of the AWCON. Their first appearance in the showpiece game was in 2000 on home soil but they lost to their rivals before the double defeats to Equatorial Guinea followed.
Desiree Ellis’ team have produced some eye-catching football at the tournament in Ghana so far and have already claimed a rare scalp of their Nigerian opponents when they met in the group stage which they won 1-0 through the goal of Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana who has been impressive.
Banyana Banyana striker Jermaine Seoposenwe has acknowledged that it will be a “difficult” game than their 1-0 win in the group stage 12 days ago in Cape Coast.
“I think it is going to be difficult from the first game that we played (and won). They are going to come out to revenge the loss in the group stage, and for us, we just have to take the first wave of that onslaught,” Seoposenwe said to safa.net.
FALCONS BUOYED TO REACH CLOUD NINE
No doubt, the Falcons are the favourites going into the final despite a group stage defeat to Banyana Banyana but the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has made a pledge of $10,000 to each players if the win the tournament.
Nigeria captain Onome Ebi is confident that they can accomplish the task of winning a ninth African title.
“We have the World Cup ticket now, which was always our first target here. The second is winning the Cup for a third successive time and ninth time overall. It is a mission we are determined to accomplish on Saturday,” Ebi told thenff.com.
With the matter of qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next year in the bag for both teams, the target will be to claim the bragging rights and be crowned African champions.
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