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AWCON 2016: Oparanozie Hands Super Falcons 8th African Title

Desire Oparanozie's goal in the second half was enough to separate the two teams and give Florence Omagbemi’s women an eighth African crown.
Nigeria Super Falcons win AWCON 2016
Super Falcons celebrate
Desire Oparanozie’s 84th-minute strike fired Nigeria to African Women’s Cup of Nations glory with a 1-0 win over Cameroon in Yaoundé.

The tournament's outstanding team failed to repeat the fluency and brilliance of their defeat of South Africa in the semi-final, but Florence Omagbemi’s team found one more sumptuous moment during the closing stages of the game.

Oparanozie dribbled past defender Meffoumetou Falone before firing past goalkeeper Annette Ndom after the Indomitable Lionesses had failed to deal with Ngozi Okobi’s floated left-wing cross at the near post.

It was the second time Nigeria had defeated a host nation in the final and it came as a bitter pill to swallow for Ngachu Enow’s ladies who had created the better chances during the hard-hitting encounter.

Asisat Oshoala wins Golden Boot

Oshoala poses with the AWCON trophy
Asisat Oshoala
Asisat Oshoala won the Africa Women Cup of Nations’ Golden Boot while Desire Oparanozie took second place.

Oshoala finished the tournament with six goals, three clear of Oparanozie and Ghana’s Elizabeth Addo.

The Arsenal forward becomes the fourth Nigerian after Mercy Akide, Perpetua Nkwocha and Oparanozie to finish as the tournament’s top goalscorer.

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