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Nigeria win women's Africa Cup of Nations

AAP logoAAP 4/12/2016

Nigeria scored late to deny Cameroon a home triumph and extend their dominance of the women's Africa Cup of Nations football tournament with a 1-0 win in the final.

Desire Oparanozie's 84th-minute goal in Yaounde gave defending champion Nigeria their 10th title in 12 tournaments.

Only Equatorial Guinea in 2008 and 2012 has managed to wrestle the African soccer crown away from the Nigerian women in the last 25 years.

Cameroon came into the final bristling with confidence after winning all its group games and knocking out Ghana in the semifinals, the only team to take points off Nigeria in their group.

Spurred on by 40,000 home fans, who began packing into the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium five hours before kickoff, Cameroon even had the better chances in the final only to end runner-up for the fourth time - all four to Nigeria.

Nigeria beat Cameroon 2-0 in the deciding game of the last tournament in 2014.

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