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Nigeria’s Super Falcons beat Lionesses to win 8th Africa Cup of Nations

“The ultimate victory in competition is derived from the inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have gotten the most out of what you had to give.Howard Cosell


Nigeria’s Super Falcons Saturday, December 03, 2016, won the women’s Africa Cup of Nations for an eighth time after a 1-0 win over hosts Cameroon in front of Cameroonian president Paul Biya.

Nigeria retained the trophy they won two years ago, thanks to a late goal from Desire Oparanozie who netted in the victorious goal in front of a capacity 40, 000 crowd in Yaounde.

The Super Falcons have dominated this competition, winning eight out of the ten editions played so far.

Today’s final match was a repeat of the 2014 final, Cameroon finished as runners-up again despite enjoying massive home support.

The hosts had great performances and chances in the first half, but were unable to convert them to goals with a number of chances for Aboudi Onguene.

The second half came and Oparanozie, who also scored Nigeria’s winner against South Africa in their semi-final, hit the decisive goal again when she broke the deadlock seven minutes from time.

She followed through on a pass from the tournament’s leading scorer Asisat Oshoala to give her team the trophy.

The winning goal from Nigeria was a huge blow for the hosts and the thousands of fans who filled the 40,000 capacity Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium more than five hours before kick-off.

Security in the stadium was stepped up for the final because of the presence of President Paul Biya and roads were blocked for several kilometres around the stadium since early morning, BBC reports.

Thousands more supporters were locked outside after tickets were given out free as “invites”.

There were three fan parks around Yaounde set up for people to see the game.

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