Having lost in their last meeting at the 2018 AWCON final, a determined Banyana Banyana of South Africa avenged nine-time African Champions, Super Falcons of Nigeria 4-2 to win the inaugural Aisha Buhari Tournament at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, Lagos.
Both coaches made two changes each to their winning lineup. With Ngozi Okobi and Francisca Ordega making way for Regina Otu an Uchenna Kanu in the Nigeria’s lineup, Makhubele Tiisetso and Kgadiete Melinda replaced Makhabane Mamello and Holweni Sibulele for South Africa.
The first chance of the game was for Nigeria from a corner kick by Glory Ogbonna whose effort was headed by the duo of Onome Ebi and Joy Bokiri before Asisat Oshoala’s final header went off target in the third minute.
Two minutes later, Michelle Alozie tapped into her own net from a Magaia Hildah’s cross to opened the scoring for South Africa.
Onome Ebi forced to handball in the box after a South Africa cross hits her hand and the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty and yellow card issued to Ebi. Motlhalo Linda converted the resulting penalty to double Banyana Banyana’s lead in the 18th minute.
Desire Oparanozie finds the back of the net for Nigeria but the referee spotted an infringement from Asisat Oshoala on a Banyana defender.
A minute from the half time break, South Africa increased their lead to three by Salgado Gabriela off a goalmouth scramble.
Nigeria made four changes at halftime as Vivian Ikechukwu, Monday Gift, Opeyemi Sunday, and Onyebuchi Ihuoma replaced Uchenna Kanu, Joy Bokiri, Michelle Alozie, and Rita Chikwelu respectively.
The tactical substitutions that changed the momentum of the game as Monday Gift located Vivian Ikechukwu who tapped into an empty net to pull a goal back for Nigeria in the 46th minute.
Ikechukwu once again reduced her side’s deficit to one with her second goal of the game in the 53rd minute and throws the game open with the Falcons pressurizing the opponent’s half.
However, it was South Africa who gets another through Makhabane Mamello from the spot kick l in the 86th minute.
The victory saw Banyana Banyana emerged maiden Aisha Buhari Cup champions with six points from two games.