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AWCON 2018: Oluehi desperate for revenge over South Africa

For Nigeria goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi, Saturday’s 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations grand finale against South Africa is all about revenge.

The two rivals meet again for the second time after opening Group B of the competition at Cape Coast, a match that ended with a surprise 1-0 result in favour of Banyana Banyana.

Tournament’s leading scorer Thembi Kgatlana began her journey to greatness that fateful Sunday, November 18 evening as she came off the bench in the second half to deliver the sucker punch with a one-time volley five minutes from time.

That painful defeat gingered regular winners Nigeria’s campaign after appearing too relaxed about the threat of opposition in store for them at Ghana 2018.

The Super Falcons subsequently responded with four and 6-goal margin victories over Zambia and Equatorial Guinea respectively to finish second – behind the high-flying Desiree Ellis’ Banyana side to both advance to the semi-final.

In Accra on Tuesday, Nigeria laboured against Cameroon and needed penalty shootouts to eliminate Les Lionnes Indomptables for another grand finale appearance. 4-2 they won after 120 minutes of play.

Speaking to right after her penalty heroics, Oluehi declared: “we want South Africa in the final.”

“We want revenge and to show that they were lucky to have beaten us in the first game.” the 31-year-old Rivers Angels shot-stopper added.

South Africa went on to beat Mali 2-0 in the second semi-final clash at Cape Coast to grant Tochukwu Oluehi’s grand finale wish.

But will it be time for REVENGE or a REPEAT? Follow for a comprehensive coverage of as the curtains get drawn on the 11th Women’s Afcon at the Accra Sports Stadium from 16:00 GMT this Saturday.



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