African Champions Nigeria lost their opening Group B game at the 11th Africa Women’s Cup of Nations to South Africa in Cape Coast, Ghana.
The Super Falcons were stunned 1-0 by Banyana on Sunday, with substitute Thembi Kgatlana scoring a late volley in the 86th.
It was the first time in history that the eight-time African champions lost their opening game at the competition.
The Falcons, who won the competition in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2016, are searching for a ticket to the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup in France.
The top three teams in Ghana, where the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations is taking place, will represent the continent next year.