Nigeria beat Banyana Banyana 4-3 in a penalty shoot out after the two teams were deadlocked 0-0 after 120 minutes of gruelling football in a final played in Accra, Ghana on Saturday afternoon.
It was a bitter pill to swallow for the Desiree Ellis side who were the better side throughout the normal playing time. In fact, Banyana Banyana played some scintillating football throughout this AWCON tournament in Ghana and will feel hard done by the final result, but such is football.
While Banyana Banyana will be proud of their achievements, losing to Nigeria is always something South Africa generally doesn’t take lightly.
Noko Matlou, Mpumi Nyandeni and Mamello Mkhabane all scored for the South Africans from the spot while Lebogang Ramalepe and Linda Motlhalo missed to hand the Super Falcons yet another continental title.
Despite the loss, Banyana Banyana are still expected to receive a hero’s welcome when they return home on Sunday at 17h30 and have since booked a place at the FIFA World Cup in France.