The Super Falcons clinched their ninth AWCON championship after they edged past South Africa 4-3 on penalties after there were no goals in 120 minutes of action.
Again goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi, who saved two penalties against Cameroon in the semifinals, was the heroine when she stopped South Africa’s decisive penalty.
It was a sweet revenge for Nigeria after they lost to the South Africans in a group game at the start of the tournament.
It was also the first time the AWCON championship had to be decided on penalties.
Both teams along with third-placed Cameroon will represent Africa in next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Three-time African Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala could have won this final in normal time, but her penalty kick in the 73rd minute after goal-bound Francisca Ordega was fouled by the South Africa goalkeeper on her way to goal.
Banyana Banyana bossed the possession, but the Falcons created the better chances in this encounter.
Star player Thembi Kgatlana, who was later named the MVP of this AWCON, was caged for most of this contest by a well-organised defence led by the experienced Onome Ebi.
For Falcons, Ordega was the best player with her trickery and pace down the flanks and she deserved her Woman of the Match Award.