AOUNDE, CAMEROON – Nigeria lifted the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations for a record eighth time after a 1-0 win over hosts Cameroon at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Yaounde, on Saturday.
The win, in front of a capacity 40,000 crowd, meant that Nigeria has won all but two of the ten editions played so far since 1991. Saturday’s match marked the fourth time the two countries met in the final of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) women’s event and Cameroon have yet to post a win.
The only goal of the match, coming seven minutes from the end, was scored by Desire Oparanozie and it was enough to ensure that Nigeria won back to back titles after they won the trophy in Namibia two years ago, also against the ‘Indomitable Lionesses’.
Nigerian coach Florence Omagbemi made history on Saturday by becoming the first person to win AWCON both as both a player and coach.
Meanwhile, Ghana, the hosts of the next edition of the AWCON in 2018, finished in third place after pipping South Africa 1-0 in the bronze medal play-off on Friday.