Nigeria and Women’s Africa Cup of Nations defeats: A history

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  • Jermaine Seoposenwe, Banyana Banyana against Nigeria, July 2022Backpagepix

    South Africa subdue Nigeria in Rabat

    Nigeria bowed 2-1 to South Africa in Monday’s Group C opener of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations. After a goalless first half at the Stade Moulay Hassan, Desiree Ellis’ side emerged victorious courtesy of goals from Jermaine Seoposenwe and Hildah Magaia.

    In the wake of this result, GOAL recaps all the matches the Super Falcons have lost in the biennial African showpiece.

  • Perpetua Nkwocha

    November 25, 2008: Equatorial Guinea 1-0 Nigeria

    For the first time ever in the history of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria ended on the losing side.

    In a semi-final match at the 2008 edition, the Super Falcons bowed 1-0 to Equatorial Guinea inside Estadio Internacional, Malabo.

    After a goalless first half, Nzalang Femenino took a 58th-minute lead through Genoveva Nze. Despite a late rally by the West Africans, they could not restore parity and failed to reach the final.

  • Janine Van Wyk , OshoalaBackpagepix

    November 7, 2012: South Africa 1-0 Nigeria

    The West Africans recorded their second Wafcon defeat after bowing 1-0 to South Africa at the Nkoantoma Stadium, Bata, with Janine van Wyk netting the only goal.

    Incidentally, that was the first time in history that Banyana Banyana clipped the Super Falcons' wings. 

    This defeat in the last four cost Kadiri Ikhana’s side a place in the final, with Equatorial Guinea going ahead to rule Africa for the second time.

  • Gaelle Enganamouit - CameroonSamuel Ahmadu/Goal

    November 11, 2012: Cameroon 1-0 Nigeria

    Still hurt by their defeat to the South Africans in the last four, Nigeria went into the third-place play-off aiming to restore some pride.

    Nonetheless, that was not the case as Ikhana’s women suffered another 1-0 loss to Cameroon at the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo.

    Gaelle Enganamouit’s 31st-minute strike handed the Indomitable Lionesses the bronze medal.

  • Thembi Kgatlana - South Africa

    November 18, 2018: South Africa 1-0 Nigeria

    Here, the Super Falcons got their title defence off to a losing start after bowing 1-0 to South Africa in their first match of Ghana 2018.

    With the tough fixture heading for a goalless draw, Thembi Kgatlana scored the winner with five minutes left to play.

    Regardless, Nigeria went ahead to win a record ninth African diadem after defeating Ellis’ Banyana on penalties.

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    July 4, 2022: South Africa 2-1 Nigeria

    Nigeria bowed 2-1 to South Africa to suffer their fifth loss in the Africa Women's Cup of Nations on Monday evening.

    Seoposenwe put Banyana Banyana ahead on the hour mark before Magaia’s fine finish two minutes later put Ellis’ team in control.

    In the 92nd minute, Rasheedat Ajibade pulled one back for the West Africans, but it was too late as South Africa bagged the three points.

    Nigeria would be hoping to bounce back against Botswana on Thursday night, whereas, a win for South Africa versus Burundi earlier in the day will earn them a place in the quarter-final.