The Super Falcons of Nigeria began their title defence with a 0-1 loss against the Bayana Bayana of South Africa and are now under pressure as they face a strong Zambia national team squad that eclipsed former champions, Equatorial Guinea 5-0 in their opener.
If the Nigerian side fails to take out the Zambians, they may be effectively out of the championship, come Wednesday.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria lost 0-1 to the Bayana Bayana of South Africa in their opening group game of the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) on Sunday, November 18.
The Super Falcons started their campaign at the 11th edition of the AWCON with star players Desire Oparanozie, Asisat Oshoala and Rita Chikwelu.
The Super Falcons could not begin their campaign on a winning note (CAF)
The Super Falcons of Nigeria battled hard in their first game but lost to the Bayana Bayana of South Africa.
The first half ended goalless as there were not much clear cut chances for either side before the break.
Reigning African Women’s Player of the Year Oshoala was the star attraction as she collected a yellow card and played Oparanozie through on goal only to blaze over the bar.
The second half did not provide much excitement either as there were few chances for both sides which proved to be a difficult encounter for both sides.
South Africa however found the breakthrough in the 85th minute through Thembi Kgatlana as they held on for all three points.The result means that Nigeria began their title defence with a loss as Zambia take on Equatorial Guinea in the next encounter.
The Super Falcons take on Zambia in their second group encounter on Wednesday, November 21 at the Cape Coast Stadium.