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It's something I'm perfect at - Nigeria's Tochukwu Oluehi recounts Awcon heroine display

02:42 GMT+3 01/12/2018
Tochukwu Oluehi - Super Falcons
The Super Falcons goalkeeper was outstanding in goal as she helped Thomas Dennerby's side to a vital semi-final win over Cameroon in Accra

Tochukwu Oluehi says that she felt “perfect” when playing the superb role in Nigeria's 4-2 win on penalties in the Africa Women Cup of Nation semi-final encounter against Cameroon.

Earlier in March, Oluehi was the heroine as she saved two penalty kicks to inspire Rivers Angels to a historic Champions Shield win over Nasarawa Amazons. 

On Tuesday, the 31-year-old was in a superb form for the Super Falcons at the Accra Stadium, with her efforts contributing significantly to a vital semi-final win for Thomas Dennerby's side.

"It feels great. It's something I’m perfect at, so I’m very happy about saving a penalty," Oluehi told media.

"Even if I didn’t touch the second one but I dived in the right direction, so it’s a thing of joy for me. We practiced it only once but for me, it’s a gift. I know how to save penalties when it comes to that.

“I know if my players can put the ball in the net, everything will be on me to save the penalties and I did that, so, I am very happy helping my team.

"The semi-final match against Cameroon was our toughest match since we started this competition, but thank God we won at the end of the day."

The Rivers Angels shotstopper has conceded a goal in four games so far in the competition and she was rewarded by being named in goal in the African XI for the Awcon group stage.

With her current fine goalkeeping form, she believes she is a strong candidate for the golden glove of the tournament and has her defenders to thank for her wonderful outing so far.

“I feel great but my defenders have been awesome. They’ve been good covering up for me in the sense that that much pressure hasn’t been on my side for me to concede any goal. They’ve been so good in the defence that’s just it.”

Ahead of final showdown with South Africa, Oluehi has backed her teammates to avenge their 1-0 group stage opening loss at the Cape Coast Stadium against  Banyana Banyana.  

“This is what we’ve been praying for. We want to show them (South Africa) that beating us in the group stage was just a mistake," she continued.

"I am happy that we are meeting Bayana Bayana in the finals. It is an opportunity for us to show the world that the first match we lost 1-0 to them in the group stage was due to an error which we have to correct."