Nigeria’s Okobi in action as the Super Falcons lost to South Africa in their Group B opener (image courtesy Caf)

Nigeria take on South Africa in the final of the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations on Saturday in Ghana’s Accra Sports Stadium.

The Super Falcons overcame stubborn Cameroon 4-2 on penalties to reach the final, while South Africa edged past Mali 2-0 to advance.

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The wins also confirmed both teams’ places at next year’s Fifa Women’s World Cup in France.

Kick-off time

The match is scheduled to kick off at 5.00 pm (West African Time).

Where to watch match

All active DStv Premium, Compact Plus and Compact subscribers in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa will have access to the match on SuperSport 10, while GOtv Plus subscribers can watch on SuperSport 1.

Talking points

Nigeria have never lost in the final of the competition. They have also never lost twice to the same side in an edition, and Banyana lost all their three previous final matches of which one was to Nigeria in year 2000.

But South Africa have had the better of the Falcons on two occasions – 1-0 semi-final win in 2012 and 1-0 win in the group phase in 2018 – meaning they know what it takes to defeat Nigeria.

What the coaches are saying

Speaking ahead of the final duel, Thomas Dennerby assured that the Nigerian ladies would subdue their opponents.

“It was really a tough game [against Cameroon], a lot of players are tired, it’s time for recovery and I will say we have a good chance to win in the final,” he said.

Falcons coach expects more from African champions (image courtesy NFF)

“When it comes to the final we will do whatever it takes to bring the cup back to Nigeria.”

But head coach of the South Africans Desiree Ellis appears confident that her ladies would prevent Nigeria from winning their ninth continental title in Ghana.

Coach Ellis and team celebrate after overcoming Mali to book a Fifa World Cup place (image courtesy safa.net)

“We will work together as a team and plan again. And hope to execute the plan because that’s all it is about,” she said.

“We have never won the Women’s Afcon and we are going to give it shot and see what happens on the weekend.”