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WAFCON 2022:Super Falcons lose first game 1-2 to South Africa

WAFCON 2022:Super Falcons lose first game 1-2 to South Africa

05 July, 2022

Monday's opening match of the 12th Women's Africa Cup of Nations saw South Africa's Banyana Banyana upset Nigeria's Super Falcons 2-1.

The Nine-time champions were also recently defeated by South Africa 10 months ago and on home soil in the final match of the first edition of Aisha Buhari Women’s Tournament.

The Super Falcons came into the match against South Africa as favorites, having won the competition more than any other country in the continent but two quick-fire goals from Jermaine Seopesenwe and Hilda Magaia put the South Africans in front, the Super Falcons eventually found a goal in the first minute of added time, thanks to an incredible finish by Rasheedat Ajibade, but it was too late as South Africa reorganized themselves and bagged the three points.


Speaking to reporters after the game, Randy Waldrum, Head Coach of the Super Falcons of Nigeria said that they intend to go back to the drawing board and work on all their mistakes.

Waldrum said, “In spite of the loss, we are still positive in camp. It’s obviously the first game of the tournament, so we have to go back and regroup.

“We have to increase our urgency in the fighting spirit because we are encouraged by it.

“We have to play the way we played in the last 10-15 minutes so that we get going.”

Botswana now tops Group C with three points and a superior goal difference of +2 after thrashing Burundi 4-2 in their opening game. South Africa are second also with three points and a goal difference of +1 ahead of their next game against bottom-placed side Burundi on Thursday.

Nigeria currently sits in the third position on the log and will take on Botswana in their next game on Thursday.