Saturday, 3 December 2016

AWCON - FINAL: SUPER FALCONS OF NIGERIA vs THE LIONESSES OF CAMEROON

AWCON Final As The Defending Champions Battle Out The Host Nation.


Super Falcons of Nigeria will take on hosts The Lioness of Cameroon in the final match of the 10th Africa Women's Cup Of Nations on Saturday 3rd of December at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde, Cameroon.

Nigeria defeated South African Women by 1-0 in their semi-final match to book the fourth final match with Cameroon who also defeated Black Queens of Ghana by same goal line at their semi-final match.
Super Falcons of Nigeria will be hoping to lift the trophy for the EIGHT time while host Nation Cameroon will battle it with the defending champions to earn their FIRST trophy of this tournament.

Falcons coach, Omagbemi, however admits that winning the title at the expense of the Lionesses of Cameroon could be difficult with the expected capacity crowd at the Stadium which could be cheering the Lionesses. But Omagbemi is banking on the good record history and experience of the Super Falcons to retain the title.

Lionesses of Cameroon have lost to the Super Falcons of Nigeria on a three different final occasions of the African Women Cup Of Nation in the past (1991, 2004, and 2014). Their last meetings was at the 2014 final in Namibia which Nigerian team defeated the Cameroonian by 2-0 score line courtesy of Asisat Oshoala and Desire Oparanozie.

Omagbemi speak during the pre-match conference that: "The strength of the Falcons team has a lot to do with determination and pride, we are the first African side to reach the quarter-final of the FIFA Women's World Cup and we have that at the back of our mind and will try to communicate that to the players.
"We try to compete with the top teams and always relay that to the players when we compete in Africa. We have had some distractions but we try to focus on the task at hand because the players know our objectives.

"We are here to defend the trophy we won in Namibia in 2014. We are playing against the hosts country, my team is ready mentally, physically and psychologically for that game against Cameroon.
This is not the first time Nigeria is playing against the Cameroonian team, some of the players that played in 2014 in Namibia are still here so we have a lot of experience. So it is going to be a great game."

"I am hoping to become the second female coach to win the AWCON after Uche Eucharia who did a great job with the Falcons in the past". Coach Omagbemi praising former falcons coach, Uche Eucharia, the first female coach to win the AWCON trophy for Nigeria.

She added "Eucharia was the one who opened the door for us (female coaches), proving that we could also do it.
These days a lot of national federations are encouraging their ex-internationals to go into coaching."


Statistics in more ways than one, it would appear that Nigeria and Cameroon are presently the strongest nations in women football in Africa. Both represented Africa at last year's FIFA Women's world cup finals in Canada, where the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon reached the round of 16 while the Super Falcons of Nigeria exited at the group stage.

Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon also defeated the Super Falcons in the semi-finals at the Women's football tournament of last year's All-Africa games (AAG) in Congo Brazzaville.

Cameroon women's coach Enow Ngachu believes his team's physical approach will give them the result they needed against the Super Falcons f Nigeria.
Speaking at the pre-match conference, he said: "When we were in Namibia two years ago, the goal was to qualify for the world cup in Canada. After achieving the qualification, it made the players lose some level of concentration for the final.

"On Saturday, our goal is to win the gold medal. The poster is certainly the same as in Namibia, but the stakes are different. We beat Nigeria at the All African Games (AAG) in 2015 in Congo Brazzaville and that was our last meeting.
"As a coach, I have always been positive. But be assured that we have abilities to react if we cash in first. We have demonstrated that we can score and provide a lot of opportunities.

"You also have to be wary of a team that defends well. The team that will be cool and physical will make the difference and I think we have the upper hand in that."




Black Queens of Ghana on Friday defeated Bayana Bayana of South Africa by 1-0 in their third place contest.
A 48th minute header from defender Linda Eshun gave the Ghananian the win over a tough South African side.


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