Nigeria’s Super Falcons got their Africa Women Cup of Nations title defence off to a false start as they were beaten 1-0 by South Africa at the Cape Coast Stadium in Ghana Sunday.
Chrestina Kgatlana got the decisive goal to secure Bayana Bayana’s second win against their illustrious foes in eleven meetings.
Eight time champions Nigeria dominated the opening Group B game of the Women Nations Cup but failed to make their territorial advantage count.
The Falcons could have gone ahead when three-time women player of the year, Asisat Oshoala, teed up Desire Oparanozie, but the top scorer at the last edition of the Nations Cup could only find the stands.
Oparanozie missed another chance to open the scoring four minutes into the second half after her diving header went wide following impressive build up.
With the Super Falcons lacking clarity, Chrestinah Kgatlana then broke the deadlock in the 84th minute as she pounced on a lovely ball into the Nigerian box and unleashed an unstoppable shot beyond Tochukwu Oluehi in goal for Nigeria.
Thomas Dennerby’s girls huffed and puffed in the dying stages, but they could not find an equaliser as Bayana Bayana held on for the famous win.
The Falcons will have to defeat Zambia in their next game if they are to avoid an embarrassing group stage exit.
It may however prove an uphill task after the Zambians thrashed two-time champions Equatorial Guinea 5-0 in the late kickoff to go top of the group on goal difference.