Nigeria’s Super Falcons have promised to edge the Bayana Bayana of South Africa and retain their Africa Women Cup of Nations final crown when the final comes up later today in Accra, Ghana.
Assuring Nigerians of their readiness to retain the trophy, the Super Falcons say they will attack the South Africans from the referee’s first blast of the whistle at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Nigeria are seeking a ninth trophy, in 20 years of its existence, to continue their stranglehold of the women’s game on the continent.
Only Equatorial Guinea – on two occasions – have denied the Falcons a clean sweep of all previous ten events.
While experience is an advantage for the Super Falcons, it would not be an easy afternoon against a skillful, creative and technically gifted Banyana Banyana side boosted by their 1-0 defeat of the Super Falcons in the opening match of Group B in Cape Town.
Falcons head coach Thomas Dennerby is set to continue with Tochukwu Oluehi in goal, to be protected by the defensive quartet of Josephine Chukwunonye, Onome Ebi, Osinachi Ohale and Ngozi Ebere.
Rita Chikwelu, Halimatu Ayinde and Ngozi Okobi are likely to star in the middle, behind the front three of Francisca Ordega, Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has promised the ladies $10,000 each to retain the trophy…that, and the extra motivation to avenge their group phase defeat, may just prove too much for the South Africans.