Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons.
The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia.
The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming home fans.
Desire slotted in from close range after a beautiful lob from team mate Ngozi Okobi hit a Cameroonian defender and fell on her path with six minutes to the end of the game.
The remaining duration and three minutes of added time were not enough for the Cameroonian side to conjure any magic as the Nigerians held on for another win.
This becomes the eighth time the Super Falcons have won the trophy, a sign of their dominance in the game. The Omnisports Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium was filled with excitement and high expectations ahead of the fixture.
In attendance was the CAF president, Issa Hayatou and other top executives of his team. A top government delegation was also present at the game.
The country’s capital Yaounde was been awash in the national green, red and gold colors, as well as images carrying pictures of local players plastered on billboards and car doors.