The Super Falcons of Nigeria hosted the 3rd African Women Championship on home soil and it was a campaign that brought out the best out of a ruthless set of young girls who were out to impress on home turf.

The team was a combination of youth and experience, as it was built around enterprising Anna Chiejine in Goal, Kikelemo Ajayi, Stella Mbachu, Nkiru Okosieme and Florence Omagbemi. It was a team that had the best defence, midfield and attack.

The Super Falcons were lumped in Group A alongside North African sides Morocco and Egypt with Congo DR making up the four-team group. The group matches were scheduled for the 17th of October 1998 and it was a rain for goal for the reigning African Champions.

In their first match played against the Atlas Lioness of Morocco, the reigning African Champions were absolutely ruthless in front of goal as they put eight goals past the hapless Moroccans. The match eventually ended on an 8-0 margin thus sending warning signals to all other opponents of their intent to retain the coveted trophy.

Their second group match was against Congo DR and the goal feast continued with the team trashing the Congolese 6-0 in a one-sided encounter that made the fanatical fans to go hysterical.

The last group match was played on the 23rd of October 1998 against the Egyptian National female team and the goals were still pouring in torrent, as the Super Falcons showed why they are the reigning Champions with a comprehensive 6-0 score line at the end of normal regulation time. The victory thus paved the way for a semi-final berth against the Indomitable Lioness of Cameroon on the 27th of October 1998 and the Super Falcons proved book makers right with an amazing 6 goals thriller against the experienced Cameroonians.

The stage for the final match was set as Nigeria had the Black Queens of Ghana to contend with in a mouth-watering fixture that brought out the best of female football. When the dust eventually settled at the end of 90 minutes of exciting game of football it was Nigeria that carried the day with a 2-0 victory over the relentless Ghanaians.

The excitement of a 3rd straight African Women Championship triumph was in the air and the fans had many causes to celebrate with the Super Falcons scoring a record 28 goals without conceding any. It was a feat that has never been surpassed in African female football till date.

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