By Georgina Bode
Nigeria’s Super Falcons won the 2019 WAFU Women’s Cup on Saturday in Abidjan after defeating hosts Cote d’Ivoire 5-4 on penalty kicks.
Both sides went into a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in the game played at the Stade Robert Champroux de Macory.
The Super Falcons had advanced into the final match following their triumph over 2018 winners Ghana via penalty kicks shootout on Thursday.
The Ivorians, who were last year’s finalists, defeated Mali 2-1 in the competition’s second semi-final match to secure a back-to-back final spot.
The Ivorians dominated proceedings in the opening minutes of the encounter but failed to find the back of the net until the 42nd minute.
That was when Ange Koko Nguessan’s free-kick broke the deadlock.
Cote d’Ivoire held on to the lead in the second half with the hopes of lifting the regional title on home soil.
But Uchenna Kanu’s equaliser in the closing stages of the game…