Onome Ebi says Nigeria will not return from the ongoing 2018 Africa Women's Cup of Nations in Ghana without the trophy despite their narrow opening defeat to South Africa.

Onome Ebi says Nigeria will not return from the ongoing 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana without the trophy despite their narrow opening defeat to South Africa.

The defending champions suffered their second Awcon defeat against South Africa following a strike from super-sub Chrestinah Kgatlana at the Cape Coast Stadium on Sunday.

And the captain, who played all through the 90 minutes against Banyana Banyana, apologised to Nigerians for their poor showing, while pledging to bounce back against Zambia on Wednesday.

“I want to say to Nigerians that we are very sorry for the loss against South Africa,” Ebi told media.

“The players were down but now, I think we’ve motivated ourselves and we know why we are here and not here to lose but retain our title and qualify for the Women’s World Cup.

“I plead with them not to give up on us but rather keep praying for us. We are not leaving here without the trophy.

“We are definitely coming back stronger and better. They should keep their trust in us that we are going to retain the title and qualify for the World Cup,” she concluded.

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