Equatorial Guinea have set up a tantalising final match in the CAF African Women Championships with Nigeria. The Equatoguineans defeated hosts South Africa 3-1 after extra time in Daveyton in the second semi final on Thursday.
The final clash between the defending champions Equatorial Guinea and five time champions Nigeria is a most tantalising affair.
It was the unheralded Nzalang ladies who stunned the Falcons with a 1-0 semi final defeat to deny them a sixth successive title two years ago. Genoveva Anonma scored the lone goal in front of a packed stadium in Malabo to send the tiny country into raptures before they went on to defeat South Africa 2-1 in the final.
It was the first time that a country other than Nigeria would win the tournament.
Now, two years later, the stage has been set for a rematch between the two top female powerhouses on the continent. With their qualification for the final also comes the right to participate in next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. The Nzalang’s quest is already tantalising the game’s organisers.
“We’re all very excited about Equatorial Guinea’s first ever appearance at a Women’s World Cup,” Steffi Jones, organising committee president was quoted by FIFA.com.
“This success deserves recognition, coming as it does after an extremely impressive footballing performance against strong teams like Cameroon, Algeria, Ghana and South Africa. Newcomers always add flair to the World Cup,” she said.
The Nzalang have shown that winning on home ground in 2008 was no fluke with their performance this time around. But can they withstand the fire power of a Nigerian team that has seen Perpetua Nkwocha score ten goals in four matches?
The stage is set for a most thrilling final, perhaps the most anticipated women’s game since the inception of the competition by CAF.