South Africa Emerge Champions of Aisha Buhari Cup After Defeating Super Falcons of Nigeria
- Aisha Buhari Cup final match ended in an embarrassing fashion for the Super Falcons who were defeated by Banyana Banyana
- The ladies from South Africa edged their Nigerian counterparts 4-2 at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos
- Either of the sided needed victory to emerge champions of the maiden edition of the tournament and the South Africans stunned the hosts
The Banyana Banyana of South Africa have won the Aisha Buhari Cup following a breathtaking performance on the final match day, September 21.
The maiden edition of the Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s tournament, called the Aisha Buhari Cup (ABC), witnessed a thrilling finale at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena on Tuesday evening.
All the participating teams played just two matches each with the team with the highest points tally emerging as the champions.
On the final day, it was more of a 'war' than the friendly match it was meant to be as both teams showed why they are Africa's powerhouses, when it comes to women's football.
Banyana Banyana opened the scoring as early as the 6th minute following an own goal by Alozie Michelle.
Minutes later, Onome Ebi committed a foul in the danger area as the South African’s extended their lead after Motlhalo Linda converted from the spot; 2-0.
In the 20th minute, Nigeria thought they were back in the game but Desire Oparanozie’s effort was canceled-out after referee adjudged a foul in the build-up.
The striker converted Oshoala's well worked inswinger, but the referee says there was a foul in the build-up, Oshoala disagrees, but goal won't stand.
And just before half-time, the Nigerians were stunned when Banyana Banyana converted a well-worked move as Salgado Gabriela made it 3-0 before both teams went into the break.
Like wounded lionnesses, the Super Falcons came blazing hot from the tunnel and pulled one back in the 47th minute courtesy substitute Ikechukwu Vivian to make it 1-3.
And six minutes later, Ikechukwu Vivian grabbed a brace to give Nigeria hope of an equaliser, having reduced the scoreline to 3-2.
However, with three minutes left on the clock, Linda Motlhalo silenced the crowd when she converted from the penalty spot to seal the win. It ended; Nigeria 2-4 South Africa.
Details of the maiden edition of Aisha Buhari Cup
Cameroon finished at the bottom of the six-team table, having lost their two games without scoring, Premium Times reports.
Mali also failed to score in their two games but ended with a point to their name having held Morocco to finish in the fifth position.
Ghana lost their first game against South Africa but won their second against Cameroon to finish with three points while Morocco finished on four points after a win and draw.
Aisha Buhari Cup results
September 15: Nigeria 2-0 Mali
September 16: Cameroon 0-1 Morocco
September 17: South Africa 3-0 Ghana
September 19: Morocco 0-0 Mali
September 20: Cameroon 0-2 Ghana
September 21: Nigeria 2-4 South Africa
Meanwhile, Spokesperson of the League Management Company, Harry Iwuala, has described the NFF recognition of 1999 Super Falcons squad as never too late to do something right.
The 1999 Super Falcons squad were recently recognized at the NFF/AITEO award 22 years after reaching the quarterfinal of the 1999 women's World Cup.
Speaking to Legit.ng, Iwuala commended the NFF for doing what it is right even though it comes 22 years after.
He said: "It is never too late to do something right and for the present NFF board to look back and say it is important to give honour to whom it is due to, you must commend them for that. But let them also see where there have been lapses over the years and make up for that."
Nigeria's Sport Minister Dare Donates N50m to organizers of Aisha Buhari Cup
Legit.ng earlier reported that the minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare, earlier donated N50million to organisers of the Aisha Buhari Cup, an invitational women football tournament for six African countries.
The minister made the announcement on Tuesday, August 31 when the LOC paid a courtesy call to his office in Abuja.
He commended the organisers of the tournament for the wonderful work they had done so far while assuring them that all the necessary support they need would be provided to make the competition a huge success.