Nigeria's Super Falcons fell by a disappointing 1-0 defeat against South Africa in the Africa Women Cup of Nations at the Cape Coast Stadium, Ghana on Sunday evening.
The eight-time champions in previous ten editions of the tournament dominated the first Group B game of the Nations Cup from kick-off but the Bayana Bayana were gifted two chances to score in the first half after some sloppy defending which they failed to punish the Nigerians for.
Nigeria's first chance to score came in the 33rd minute when Asisat Oshoala teed up Desire Oparanozie who blasted the ball wide.
South Africa's Jermaine Seoposenwe was close to opening her goals account just before the halftime break but Osinachi Ohale cleared the ball bravely.
South Africa's Chrestinah Kgatlana broke the deadlock with six minutes to go as she pounced on a beautiful pass into the Nigerian box and unleashed an unstoppable shot beyond Tochukwu Oluehi.
Nigeria will have to defeat Zambia and Equatorial Guinea to guarantee them passage to the semifinals and opportunity to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France.
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