Windhoek - The Super Falcons have qualified for the final of the 2014 African Women’s Championship (AWC) following a 2-1 victory over Banyana Banyana on Wednesday.
A brace from Asisat Oshoala was enough to ensure Nigeria saw off South Africa.
Nigeria got off to a bright start, forcing the South Africans to chase for the ball, and Francesca Ordega should have put Nigeria ahead in the 10th minute, but could not make use of an opportunity.
Ordega came face to face with goalkeeper Philadelphia twice in the 17th and 19th minutes, but the Banyana Banyana safe hands did well to parry the ball on both occasions.
Oshoala made a solo run into South Africa’s danger area in the 38th minute, and dribbled a defender before powering a shot that was deflected into the net to put Nigeria ahead.
Captain Van Wyk was close to equalizing for South Africa, but goalkeeper Ibubeleye Whyte was lucky with her little effort, before Oshoala’s long range ball beat Philadelphia in the 45th minute to end the first half at 2-0 in favour of the Super Falcons.
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On resumption from the break, Banyana Banyana seem to have re-energised, but a more experienced Super Falcons ensured their effort was contained.
South Africa got a controversial goal in the 68th minute when Jane’s long range ball was adjudged to have crossed the line despite a Nigerian defender nodding it away.
That goal improved the tempo of the game, with South Africa now playing with more enthusiasm to equal the score.
Banyana Banyana kept the pressure on, but the three minutes added time was not enough to deny the Super Falcons a 2-1 victory and a place in the final.Nigeria has also qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015.
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