Nigeria Super Falcon are celebrating their first West African Football Union (Wafu) Zone B Women’s Cup title after beating hosts Ivory Coast 5-4 on penalties in the final in Abidjan.
The match had finished 1-1 after 90 minutes with Ivory Coast taking the lead in the 41st minute through a free-kick by N’Guessan Koko Ange, voted the best player of the tournament.
The Super Falcons left it very late to equalise and had striker Uchenna Grace Kanu to thank as she scored four minutes into stoppage time to send the match to penalties.
Ivory Coast’s Kouassi Rosemonde missed the only penalty in the shoot-out and saw her country finish as runners-up for the second year in a row.
Kanu finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 10 goals in five matches.
The Super Falcons, who were unbeaten throughout the tournament, netted 23 goals in total, the highest in the competition and conceded only two.
They started off with a 5-1 win over Burkina Faso, followed by a record 15-0 thrashing of Niger and finished the group stages with a 2-0 victory over Mali.
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