Last Saturday brought the 11th edition of the Women’s Cup of African Nations (CAN) in Ghana to an end. After two weeks of games, with fierce competition from the continent’s best eight national selections, Nigeria retained its title for the third year running.
Facing South Africa in the final, the Super Falcons managed to win on penalties (4-3). As a result, Nigeria enjoys its ninth victory since the CAN was first created in 1998. In fact, it wasn’t until 2008 that the Nigerian team finished third in the competition and failed to gain a place on the podium in 2012.
The South Africans can find some consolation for their defeat as their 22-year-old striker, Thembi Kgatlana, was awarded the prize for best player. She sits at the top of her ranking, scoring five goals in five games. She is followed closely by Nigerian, Asisat Oshoala and Zambian, Rachael Kundananji, who each scored 3 goals.
Cameroon, who came third, was awarded the prize for the ‘Fair Play’ team of the tournament.
In addition, this CAN has enabled three teams to qualify for the Women’s World Cup which will be held in France running from 7th June, 2019. Indeed, Nigeria, South Africa and Cameroon will become contenders and face other nations from all over the world. So, stay tuned for this event in 2019!