Goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi emerged the hero as she saved Linda Motlhalo’s penalty to ensure a ninth African Women’s Nations Cup for the Super Falcons.
Nigeria defeated South Africa 4-3 on penalties in the final after a goalless regulation time.
Onome Ebi missed Nigeria’s first spot-kick as her shot hit the upright while Ngozi Ebere, Rita Chikwelu, Veronica Ihezuo and Chinaza Uchendu scored the Falcons subsequent penalties.
Lebohang Ramalepe missed South Africa’s second penalty before Oluehi saved the last spot kick to become the hero.
2018 Africa Women’s player of the year nominee, Asisat Oshoala, missed the penalty as her poorly-taken kick dragged wide of goalkeeper Christen Swart’s goal.
9th titles for the Super Falcons. Dominant.
— Bolarinwa Olajide (@iambolar) December 1, 2018
https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe tournament’s highest goalscorer, Thembi Kgatlana, was a main threat for South Africa but she couldn’t breach Oluehi’s goal.
The Super Falcons, South Africa and bronze medallists Cameroon will represent Africa at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.
— Total Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (@CAF_AWCON) December 1, 2018