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Nigeria clinch sixth AWC crown

Nigeria celebrate winning the 2010 African Women's Championship
Nigeria took their sixth continental crown, and now look to the World Cup

Nigeria won the African Women's Championship title after beating Equatorial Guinea 4-2 in the final in South Africa on Sunday.

A late flurry of goals helped the Super Falcons to seal their sixth title.

The brave Guinean ladies were undone by two own-goals that robbed them of the chance of retaining the title.

Tournament's top scorer Perpetua Nkwocha put Nigeria in the lead on seven minutes after dominating the early exchanges.

The Super Falcons' lead triggered an Equatorial Guinea revival and Carolina Parreira drew them level in the 66th minute.

Ugochi Oparanozie restored Nigeria's lead 11 minutes later with a powerful header.

The Super Falcons extended their lead when Ghislaine Nke inadvertently put the ball into her own net to make it 3-1.

Moments later Jada Sayo restored hope for Equatorial Guinea with a strike but when Parreira scored an own goal late in the goal, Nigeria sealed their win.

The two finalists will represent Afria at next year's World Cup in Germany.

Meanwhile, hosts South Africa beat Cameroon 2-0 to finish third in the tournament.

Bayana Bayana dominated the early exchanges and deservedly took the lead on eight minutes when Nocawe Skiti.

Skiti pounced after Nthabeleng Modiko's near perfect free kick smacked against the cross bar.

Amanda Dlamini doubled the home side's lead 30 minutes from Mamello Makhabane's perfect corner kick.

South Africa coach Augustine Makalakalane was delighted with the support fans had given the home side.

"I'm happy for the support the people came out and gave us, and the players stayed motivated," Makalakalane.

"I think my outstanding player has been the 21 players in the squad, they've played well and given their best."



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see also
Equatorial Guinea reach final
11 Nov 10 |  African
Nigeria clinch AWC final berth
11 Nov 10 |  African
African Women's Championship
30 Sep 10 |  African


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