The Copper Queens of Zambia defeated Nigeria’s Super Falcons 1-0 on Friday to win the bronze medal at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Casablanca, Morocco.
Zambia clinched the third position for the first time in their history thanks to an own goal by Super Falcons goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie.
The Queens got the better of the record title holders the Super Falcons Nigeria, who paid the price for their profligacy and finished outside the top three for the first time in ten years.
Bruce Mwape’s ladies showed early glimpses of an upset in the game with some delightful display which paid off at the half-hour mark.
But the Super Falcons were a constant threat with Ngozi Okobi Okeoghene and Christy Ucheibe failing to score from decent opportunities
A thunderous strike from Evarine Katongo from the edge of the box struck the woodwork but Nnadozie could not deal with the rebound as the ball hit her to enter the net on 29 minutes.
Nigerian star Gift Monday struck the post before Zambia goalkeeper Hazel Nali produced an amazing save to stop Ashleigh Plumptre’s freekick just before the break.
Nigeria came into the second half with a different attitude as they tried to get the equaliser but the Zambians dealt with any threat that came their way.
The Copper Queens held onto their lead to ensure the bronze medal remained theirs with Nigerian finishing outside the top three since the 2012 tournament in Equatorial Guinea.