Nigeria striker Desire Oparanozie scored the only goal against a disciplined South Africa to earn her side a place in the final of the African Women’s Cup of Nations against Cameroon. South Africa started brightly but the Desiree Ellis-led side failed to capitalise on their early dominance. Oparanozie and Ngozi Okobi both had chances to put seven-time champions Nigeria ahead in the 25th minute, but goalkeeper Andile Dlamini thwarted their shots. Seven minutes later, South Africa had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside.
Isaac Success is set to return to training this week and be in contention to face West Bromwich Albion in news that will help lift any lingering gloom following the defeat to Stoke City. Success has been out for five games and six weeks, much longer than anyone expected, after picking up a muscle injury in the win over Middlesbrough. Two trips to Barcelona to see Dr Roman Cugat and daily work with club physio Oli Leaper and therapist Giorgio Gasparini have finally restored him to full health and put him in line to return with the rest of the main training group.