Nigeria are 2014 African Women Champions

26 Oct 2014 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 26 OCT (NAMPA) – Nigeria have been crowned African Women Champions, after beating Cameroon by 2-0, here on Saturday.
Nigeria and Cameroon competed for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) 2014 Ninth TN Mobile African Women Championship finals, in Windhoek.
The fast paced game saw Cameroon having the better of exchanges in the opening minutes.
Coach Edwin Okon’s team showed supremacy as Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala scored in the first half to ensure Nigeria win the trophy for a record seventh time.
Nigeria survived several onslaughts by the Cameroonians, but still kept the pace.
The score line at half time was 2-0 in favour of Nigeria.
Cameroon resumed the second-half the stronger team,boosting their pursuit for goal. But the rock solid Nigeria defense denied their opponent any chance of scoring.
Nigeria managed to defuse the pressure from Cameroon's ‘Les Lionnes’ to extend their record to seven titles (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2014).
Since the inaugural African Women's Championship in 1991, Nigeria has failed to win the trophy on only two occasions.
Equatorial Guinea are the only other winners - in 2008 and 2012 - but failed to qualify for this year's tournament.
Nigeria and Cameroon, by reaching the finals, qualified for the next year's FIFA Women World Cup to be held in Canada.
Desire Oparanozie of Nigeria, who had a record of five goals in the entire tournament won the Golden Boot for most goals scored while, Cameroon goalkeeper Annette Ngo Ndom won the Golden Glove award for being the best goalkeeper of the tournament.
Speaking to members of the media, Cameroon coach Enoh Ngatchu said reaching the World Cup for the first time in a decade can help transform the game in his country.
'We have more girls playing soccer, we are better organised - with this qualification, and many things will change,' he said.
Ngatchu stated that they will go and prepare well, and need be also have a programme to help develop women football in his country.
She added that no African country is yet prepared to win the World Cup.
On his part, Nigerian Coach Okon said they have one advantage amongst other African countries, and that is having a women league in the country.
'We have so much talent in Nigeria, so much so that theselection of players is never a problem,' he said.
Nigeria’s Francisca Ordega who was voted as player of the match also told members of the media that they will remain the champions of the tournament.
'It was not fun losing the trophy, we wanted to retain it, and we just did. We are taking it back home again,' she said.
Nigeria, Cameroon and Ivory Coast are the only three countries that have qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Ivory Coast booked their place to the World Cup after beating South Africa 1-0, the same evening.
The Tenth bi-annual championship will be played in 2016 in Canada.
(NAMPA)
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