Nigeria’s U-20s the Falconets emerged champions of the women’s football tournament of the 2019 African Games in Rabat on Thursday after a 3-2 penalty shoot-out win over Cameroon in the final.
The tight game between two teams that had drawn 1-1 in a group phase match eight days earlier, ended 0-0 after regulation and extra-time at the Stade Boubker Aamar outside Rabat. Penalty shoot-out followed and Falconets were victorious.
The victory was the first gold for the Falconets at the African Games in 12 years, having not qualified for the 10th edition in Mozambique in 2011 and finishing outside the medals’ range in Brazzaville four years ago.
It was also a fitting accomplishment to bid bye to the first captain of the Falconets team, Ifeanyichukwu Chiejine, whose remains were committed to mother earth in Lagos on the same day.