On the first of December, the big final of the African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) was decided. Competing teams were Nigeria and South Africa – and to our delight, the Nigerian team took home the victory. The Super Falcons of Nigeria beat Bayana Bayana from South Africa with 1 to 0. The final took place in Accra, the capital of Ghana. The game was a real crowd favourite and there has been a lot of Nigerian betting on this match. But it wasn’t an easy game for the Nigerians to win. They had to struggle through overtime and penalties to be able to win the cup.
Nigeria vs. South Africa – The AWCON Final
After a tough, long 90 minutes without a lot of chances for both teams, they both needed to regroup for the overtime. However, during the first 90 minutes, we got to see the Nigerian goalkeeper, Oluehi Tochukwu, make a couple of nice saves as well as Asisat Oshoala having two really nice chances of putting the ball in the goal for the Nigerians.
The overtime went by without any real big scoring opportunities and in a dark and warm Accra night, it was about to be decided in the shootouts. After two missed penalties from the South African team, finally, Nigeria Super Falcons was able to raise the trophy. The forward in Nigeria, Francisca Ordega, became the woman of the match by leading her team to the final victory.
This team is starting to get used to winning the AWCON. For their third consecutive time, they finished at the number one spot and they have won as many as nine tournaments in total.
This tournament in Ghana has been a very popular one, with a lot of audiences watching it. Female football is constantly growing in Africa, something that betting companies have snapped up. Lionsbet in Nigeria offered a lot of ways to bet on the AWCON games for example.