All Africa Games: Nigerian girls edge Cameroon on penalties to win gold
All Africa Games: Nigerian girls edge Cameroon on penalties to win gold
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All Africa Games: Nigerian girls edge Cameroon on penalties to win gold

Nigeria are champions of the women's football event at the 2019 All Africa Games in Rabat after beating Cameroon 3-2 on penalties in the final.

Thursday's final ended goalless at regulation time and extra time at the Stade Boubker Aamar outside Rabat.

Penalty shoot-out followed and the Nigeria U20 girls, one of only four teams to have featured in every edition of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup since the competition started 17 years ago, triumphed.

Both sides had battled to a 1-1 draw in the group stage of the tournament but Nigeria proved superior in the final encounter.

The victory was the first gold for the Falconets at the African Games in 12 years, having not qualified for the 10th edition in Mozambique in 2011 and finishing outside the medals’ range in Brazzaville four years ago.

It was also a fitting accomplishment to bid bye to the first captain of the Falconets team, Ifeanyichukwu Chiejine, whose remains were committed to mother earth in Lagos on the same day.

 

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