Nigeria’s failure to utilise their first-half chances in the 1-0 defeat to South Africa cost them the game, head coach of the African champions has said.

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The Super Falcons were far from their best on Sunday as a late strike from substitute Chrestina Thembi Kgatlana gave Banyana Banyana the win in a Group B game at the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup Of Nations in Cape Coast, Ghana.

Franscia Ordega, Asisat Oshoala, and Desire Oparanozie all missed great chances to have put away the South Africans.

And the Nigerian handler admitted that, indeed, his ladies played poorly.

“I am very disappointed that we lost the game, ” he said after the game.

“It would have been fair if the game had ended in a draw. We had a bit more of the possession and South Africa are really good on counter attacks; we were aware and had analysed before the game so we knew what was coming. I think everybody will agree that we should have scored at least once in the first half and we missed that chance.”

Next for the eight-time African champions is a game against Zambia, who shocked former African champions Equatorial Guinea with a 5-0 thrashing on Sunday night.

Nigeria lie in third spot without a point, while Zambia and their neighbours, South Africa, are first and second respectively, with pointless Equatorial Guinea occupying the floor of the group.