Super Falcons kick started the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations on a losing note as late back breaking goal earned victory for Bayana Bayana at the Cape Coast stadium, Ghana, on Sunday.
In the 83rd minute, Thembi Katglana lone strike stunned the 8-time African champion in their first-ever AWCON opening match defeat.
Asisat Oshoala got cautioned in the 21st minute of the game for a cynical challenge on Rafiloe Jane
Kgatlana, who came on for Busisiwe Ndimeni in the 57th minute had a deadly strike which broke the deadlock.
Kagtalana almost made it 2-0 for South Africa but was a little late as Tochukwu Oluehi came out to collect the ball after she was sent through by Jermaine Seoposenwe who had an outstanding game.
A front trio of Oshoala, Francisca Ordega and Desire Oparanozie failed to have a single shot on target in the Group B first game of the championship.
The Banyana Banyana have now beaten the Nigerian side the second time at the AWCON, first in the 2012 semi final.
On Wednesday, Falcons will take on Zambia in their second group encounter.