Nigeria and Cameroon locking horns on Saturday

24 Oct 2014 10:10am
WINDHOEK, 24 OCT (NAMPA) - Nigeria’s decorated ‘Super Falcons’ will battle it out against Cameroon on Saturday in the finals of the 2014 tn Mobile Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women’s Championship.
Nigeria booked their place after beating South Africa 2-1 here on Wednesday, while Cameroon defeated Ivory Coast 2-1 later on the same evening.
The first game started at a high tempo, but attempts at goal by both teams were not successful until Nigeria's Asisat Oshoala scored the first goal in the 38th minute.
Captain Janine van Wyk was close to equalising for South Africa, but goalkeeper Ibubeleye Whyte managed to block her shot with little effort.
Oshoala’s long-range strike then got past Philadelphia Mndaweni in the 45th minute to end the first half at 2-0 in favour of the Super Falcons.
After the break, Banyana Banyana seemed re-energised, but a more experienced Super Falcons ensured that their efforts were contained.
South Africa got their goal in the 68th minute when Jane Refiloe’s long-range ball crossed the line.
The goal improved the tempo of the game, as Banyana Banyana then started playing with more enthusiasm.
The South Africans kept the pressure on the Nigerians, but the three minutes added time was not enough to deny the Super Falcons a 2-1 victory and a place in the final.
In the Cameroon versus Ivory Coast match, Enganamouit Gaelle Deborah opened the scoring for Cameroon in the 60th minute, but the lead lasted only six minutes before Tia Ines N’Rehy found the equaliser.
Cameroon dominated long periods of the game from the onset, but their efforts to score more goals were not successful.
After drawing one-all, extra time was needed to settle the game.
Marie Christine Patience then scored in the 118th minute with a header off a corner kick two minutes before the end of extra time to prevent penalty kicks.
The game then ended in favour of Cameroon, who beat Ivory Coast 2-1.
South Africa and Ivory Coast will on Saturday play in the third-place play-off match for Africa’s third and final spot at the 2015 World Cup.
The finals will be played at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.