Nigeria rule but Awcon final exposes endangered African women’s football dynasty

Goal analyse Saturday’s final between the Super Falcons and Banyana Banyana in the elite continental championship


Saturday’s Africa Women Cup of Nations final showed the undoubtable superiority of Nigeria on the continent as much as it signaled an imminent end to a sprawling hegemony.

After 120 minutes of scoreless action against a plucky South Africa at the Accra Sports Stadium, the Super Falcons strutted their unrivalled pedigree in the women’s game, showing up when it mattered most to steal a 4-3 triumph.

It wasn’t a ‘beautiful’ win; no, that was certainly not flawless. It wasn’t one of those games where the West Africans, as per pre-match prognostications, cruised with authority, teased in display, balled in aplomb and in the end sign-off with a matching…

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