Nigeria Super Falcons have qualified for the final of the 2014 African Women’s Championship (AWC) following a 2-1 victory over South Africa Banyana Banyana on Wednesday.
A brace from Asisat Oshoala was enough to ensure Nigeria saw off South Africa. 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.
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.
The 2-1 victory for Nigeria Super Falcons qualifies them for a place in the final and the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015.