Super Falcons start AWCON title defense with 2-1 loss to South Africa

Nigeria’s senior women’s football team, the Super Falcons, kicked off their 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) campaign with a 2-1 loss to South Africa’s Banyana Banyana.

After a scoreless first half, the Falcons trailed 2-0 after quick goals from Jermaine Seoposenwe and Hilda Magaia in the 61st and 63rd minutes respectively.

In the dying minutes, the Falcons fended off a goal through Rasheedat Ajibade, who bagged the consolation at 90+2 minutes.

Defending champions Nigeria have won the competition a total of nine times and are hoping to clinch a 10th title in Morocco.

Read also : Pinnick confident Falcons will extend AWCON reign amid S’Africa dethronement plot

South Africa’s win was a repeat of the 2018 edition where the Banyana also beat the Falcons 1-0 in their opener.

South Africa, strong contenders for the title this time, are now leaders of Group C.

Ripples Nigeria recalls that South Africa beat the Falcons in Lagos late last year when they triumphed 4-2 in the Aishat Buhari Cup.

The Falcons will face Botswana and Burundi in their final Group C games of the tournament, hoping to advance to the next round.

The four semi-finalists of the Moroccan tournament will represent Africa at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 which will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

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