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Nigeria Are AWC Champions

African Women's Championship Final
 
Result: Nigeria 2-0 Cameroon
 
Date: 25 October 2014

Nigeria are the 2014 African Women Champions after beating Cameroon comfortably by a 2-0 margin in the final played at the Sam Nujuma Stadium.

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Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala, who was the player of the competition, were the goalscorers for the Super Falcons, with both goals coming in the first half.

Desire Oparanozie, put the Super Falcons ahead in the 13th minute scoring a beautiful free kick from outside the box as Nigeria edge towards their seventh African Women’s title.

The forward along with Ngozi Okobi had looked very dangerous for Nigeria in the opening exchanges of the match 

Cameroon striker, Deborah Enganamouit, was unlucky not to have levelled matters a few minutes later as her strike bounced off the cross bar having placed a ball over the Nigerian goalkeeper.

The two teams continued to attack each other with Cameroon looking to get an equalizer while Nigeria wanted another goal to make it a comfortable lead within the first 45 minutes of the match.

Cameroon came close once again as a headed effort by Michele Madeleine from the corner kick went wide much to the relieve of Nigeria.

The goal scorer, Oparanozie, combined with her teammates once again as she nearly scored the second for Nigeria with four minute before the break, but his shot failed to find the target.

Nigeria increased the scored in the 43rd minute with Asisat Oshoala scoring her fourth goal of the competition to give the Super Falcons a comfortable 2-0 lead at half time break.

In the second half, Cameroon came out firing hoping to get back into the game, but were once again unlucky not to get a goal with another effort sailing over the bar.

Their dominance was not long however, with Super Falcons able to neutralise them to remain in control of the game.

Cameroon’s technical team was forced to look from their bench as the goals failed to come.

With the match heading towards the end, Cameroon came close with an effort from substitute, Iven Mihamle’s free kick hitting the crossbar to deny them a goal.

The Nigerians on the other hand were happy to sit back and defend their lead as they failed to create any goal scoring chances in the last 10 minutes of the match. 

The dying minutes of the match saw the introduction of the Super Falcons legend, Perpetua Nkwocha, who scored a hat trick in the two teams 2004 final where Nigeria won 5-0.  

Francisca Ordega was player of the game.

Cameroon can find solace that they will be at the World Cup, as well Cote d'Ivoire, who beat South Africa 1-0 in the third/fourth play off.

 

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