Nigeria’s Super Falcons were humiliated at home.
Despite their continued dominance in Africa, Nigeria’s Super Falcons have struggled against South Africa’s Banyana Banyana.
The Super Falcons were defeated 1-0 by South Africa in the group stage of the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON), but went on to win the tournament in a penalty shootout against the same opponent.
While the Super Falcons have not progressed since that game, South Africa has taken great care to develop their women’s national team.
On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos, in the final game of the Aisha Buhari Cup, the result was a clear manifestation of the state of both teams since their last meeting.
The South Africans dominated the entire game, thrashing Nigeria, the reigning African champion, in Lagos.
The Super Falcons were no match for Banyana Banyana, who were faster and more fluent in their play.
Desire Oparanozie caused some problems for the opposition defense, while Asisat Oshoala narrowly missed a header from a corner kick.
The next play, the South Africans took the lead with their first forward attack of the game, and the game was quickly turned around.
The South Africans quickly moved the ball to the left, where Magaia Hildah delivered a soft cross that was not expected to be a problem. Michelle Alozie lost her footing while scrambling to keep her defensive position and swept the ball into the net for an own goal.
From that point forward, the South Africans were unrivaled. Thembi Kgatlana outpaced the Nigerian defense as she worked the ball towards the right before firing over the crossbar.
The Super Falcons responded well after falling behind 2-0, but an Oparanozie goal was ruled offside.
With a third goal after sustained pressure, the South Africans took control of the game.
The goal came before halftime and was the result of good work by Thembi. The South African No. 11 dribbled past Nigerian defender Esther Ogbona before delivering a cross that resulted in a goal-mouth scramble, which Salgado Gabriela headed in for their third goal.
After being hurt and humiliated at home in an awful half of football, the Super Falcons responded with a spirited performance early in the second half and scored a goal.
Vivian Ikechukwu’s introduction worked well for coach Randy Waldrum, with the Rivers Angels forward scoring for Nigeria immediately after the restart.
Captain Oshoala missed a clear chance, but the ball rebounded to Ikechukwu for a simple tap-in.
She added another goal in the 52nd minute with a fantastic curling effort from outside the box after dislodging a South African defender.
The Super Falcons pushed for an equalizer with the home crowd behind them but were unsuccessful. They pushed and pushed, but they lacked the quality to beat the South Africans again.
Instead, the visitors scored from the penalty spot after Ebi brought down a South African player who dribbled her inside the box following a brilliant counterattack.
South Africa won the inaugural Aisha Buhari Cup by a score of 4-2, leaving the Super Falcons to wonder what went wrong.
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