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Aisha Buhari Cup: SA outshines Nigeria to lift trophy

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Aisha Buhari Cup: SA outshines Nigeria to lift trophy

Nigeria lost the final of the Aisha Buhari Cup to South Africa on Tuesday 21 September. The Banyana Banyana pulverized the Nigerian women (4-2). The rainbow nation thus won the first edition of this competition which brought together the six best women's teams on the continent.

South Africa wins the first edition of the Aisha Buhari Cup on Tuesday 21 September in Lagos. The clash between Nigeria and South Africa, two great African women's football nations, turned in favor of the Banyana Banyana. The latter literally dominated the hosts of the competition. The South Africans took just 15 minutes to open the scoring thanks to an own goal by Alozie Chidi. The Nigerians were outplayed and conceded a penalty after Ebi Onome's handball in the 17th minute. Linda Mohaldo made it 2-0. Gabriella Salgado scored the third South African goal a few minutes before the break (43rd).

Janine Van Wyk's team-mates returned to the dressing room with a comfortable lead over the African champions (3-0). The Super Falcons were back in the game, however, and they looked dangerous. Viviane Ikechukwu even reduced the gap two minutes after the restart (47th). Ikechukwu gave her team hope with a double (53rd). Asisat Ochoala's team-mates had many chances but were hampered by the South Africans' solid defensive system. The latter even scored the knockout goal at the end of the game (86th) on a magnificent shot by Mamello Makhabane.

South Africa finally won (4-2). The last meeting between the two nations dates back to 2018. The Nigerians had indeed beaten Banyana Banyana in the final of the Women's Africa Cup of Nations on penalties. Desiree Ellis' girls are now taking their revenge. South Africa has had a perfect record in this tournament with three wins in as many outings.

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