Can Anyone Stop Nigeria?

By Peter Alegi | November 10th, 2010 4 Comments



Three victories by a combined score of 10-1 so far in the 2010 African Women’s Championship make Nigeria’s Super Falcons heavy favorites to claim the continental crown.

Led by superstar striker Perpetua Nkwocha’s seven goals, the Super Falcons face Cameroon in tomorrow’s first semifinal. (This match kicks off at 10am. Brunch at Sinaba stadium anyone?). These two West African rivals — in men’s and women’s football — have met in each of the last three AWC tournaments, with Cameroon losing three times (once on penalties) and drawing once. In the 2004 final in South Africa, Cameroon were humiliated by Nigeria 5-0, with Nkwocha scoring four goals. Not a good omen for The Indomitable Lionesses.

South Africa and Equatorial Guinea meet in the second semifinal (3:30pm start, thankfully). This is a rematch of the 2008 title game won by the small oil-rich nation by a score of 2-1. Neither team has played their best football yet so this is likely going to be a riveting contest. Local media have been giving Banyana Banyana unprecedented coverage. The sportive nationalism of the crowds at Sinaba stadium has boosted the confidence, if not the performance, of the South Africans and may well prove decisive against the defending champions.

Prediction: South Africa and Nigeria meet in the final on Sunday.

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4 Comments

Jennifer Doyle

November 10th, 2010 | 10:19 am    


So great to hear that Banyana Banyana are enjoying support from the home crowd!

Nigeria is an amazing team – and Nkwotcha is a great player – am I crazy for thinking they could be in the World Cup championship match? They’ve been playing well – but also smart, very strategic – at least in the U20 WC. (Wonder how many players are on both?)

Any talk of the weird accusations directed at Equatorial Guinea last time, regarding having “men” on the team?

JD

Cynthia Pelak

November 10th, 2010 | 11:22 am    


Yes, I would love to know if CAF is conducting femininity tests during this championship. Does anyone know?

busayo ojo

November 10th, 2010 | 12:03 pm    


goodluck to the super falcons, i can’t wait to watch the match.

Peter

November 10th, 2010 | 1:01 pm    


Thanks for the comments everyone. I have not picked up on any SA media charges against Equatorial Guinea for having “men” on their side. There were rumors flying around before the start of the tournament that CAF was going to run “gender tests,” but I don’t know if they are actually conducting them. My guess is the local organizers and media don’t want this type of controversy to detract from the positive vibe. But I’ll try to find out more and report back.

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