Falconets defeat Cameroon on penalties, wins gold at African Games

Falconets edge Cameroon on penalties to win gold at 12th African Games in Rabat

The Falconets of Nigeria emerged champions of the Women’s football tournament of the 12th African Games in Rabat yesterday, after a 3-2 penalty shoot-out triumph over Cameroon.

Nigeria and Cameroon met earlier in the group stages of the tournament, and played a 1-1 draw. This game was also an evenly contested game between both teams, which ended 0-0 after regulation and extra time at the Stade Boubker Aamar outside Rabat.

A Penalty shoot-out followed and the Falconets triumphed. The victory was the first gold for the Falconets at the African Games in 12 years, having not qualified for the 10th edition in Mozambique in 2011.

Falconets celebrating Gold medal at 12th African Games in Rabat

It was also a fitting accomplishment to pay tribute to the first captain of the Falconets team, Ifeanyichukwu Chiejine, 36, who tragically passed away after a brief illness.

Ifeanyichukwu Chiejine was buried on the same day the Falconets won the competition.


Chidi Nwoke.