Rivers Angels goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi was the heroine, as she made a number of saves in normal time and extra time, and stopped Linda Mothalyo’s penalty in the shoot-out.
Washington Spirits winger Francisca Ordega put up a woman-of-the-match performance but, once again, African footballer of the year Asisat Oshoala failed to impress.
Here, we give each Nigeria player a rating out of 10 for their performance.
The goalkeeper’s heroics were instrumental in the victory. She pulled off stunning saves to deny Memello Makhabane — in the first half and extra time — and then dived to stop Linda Mothalyo’s penalty in the shoot-out.
May have lost the ball on two occasions, but her overall performance was great. Confident on the ball. Made a number of interceptions.
Let player of the tournament Thembi Kgatlana steal the ball from her but recovered to clear before the forward could do Nigeria harm. Put her experience to bare. Missed her penalty kick.
Business-minded all evening. Calm and barely put a foot wrong.
Good performance from the left-back. Made a number of interceptions and surged forward quite often. Scored during the shoot-out.
A delight to watch. Bullied the Banyana Banyana players. Recovered the ball time after time and her distribution was excellent.
Brought her experience to bear. Put up her best performance of the tournament. Showed agility, skills and vision all evening. Helped the defence. Netted her spot kick.
Needlessly held on to the ball at times, but stretched the South Africans.
Absolutely brilliant. Caused South Africa problems. Deservedly won the woman of match award.
Denied by Kaitlyn Swart in extra time, but let down the team with her overall performance.
Had very little impact in the game, and was substituted.
Put pressure on the opponents after coming on. Hit target during the shoot-out.
Had little to do after coming on as an extra-time replacement. Scored her penalty — Nigeria’s last kick.