Nigeria leaves Morocco empty-headed after losing the third place match to Zambia on Friday.
The defeat wrapped up Nigeria’s disappointing outing at the tournament, and equaling its the worst Women’s Africa Cup of Nations for the outgoing champions.
The nine-time Champions lost the match 1-0 to Zambia, who clinched third position for the first time in their history.
An unfortunate first half own-goal by Nigerian goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie in Casablanca, earned the Shepolopolo their first win over the Falcons.
The Queens got the better of the record title holders, who paid the price for their profligacy and finished outside the top three for the first time in ten years.
Ngozi Okobi Okeoghene and Christy Ucheibe failed to score from decent opportunities, before NWFL star Gift Monday struck the post.
Zambia goalkeeper goalkeeper Hazel Nali produced an amazing save to stop Ashleigh Plumptre’s free kick from going in.
The Copper Queens held onto their lead to ensure the bronze medal with Nigeria finishing outside the top three since the 2012 tournament in Equatorial Guinea.
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