Super Falcons failed to begin their African Women’s Nations Cup on a winning way following a 1-0 loss to South Africa on Sunday at the Cape Coast Stadium in Ghana.
The Falcons who are favourite to win the tournament having won the title a record eight-time failed to make a good start casting doubt on Thomas Dennerby’s ability to guide the team to an unprecedented ninth title.
Buoyed by the calibre of the top players in the squad including three times African Women’s footballer of the year winner, Asisat Oshoala, the Falcons failed to inflict a double injury on South Africa female team 24 hours after the Super Eagles held the Bafana Bafana to a 1-1 draw to qualify for the 2019 AFCON Nations Cup at the FNB Stadium im Johannesburg on Saturday.
The Falcons who had most of the possessions failed to make their chances count as Desire Oparanozie missed a glaring chance in the 32nd minute from close range that would put the forward.
However, a 85th minute goal from Thelmi Kgatlana was enough for the Banyana Banyana to put the Falcons to the sword to avenge the Bafana Bafana inability to beat the Eagles on Saturday.
Falcons will now have to ensure they win their next two group games against Zambia and Equatorial Guinea to stand a chance of reaching the last four in the tournament with the first three teams to represent Africa in next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.