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Morocco's forward Hanane Ait el-Haj (right) marks South Africa's midfielder Hildah Magaia (centre) during the 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations final football match at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat. Image Credit: AFP

Rabat: South Africa striker Hildah Magaia scored twice as they claimed their first Womens Africa Cup of Nations title by beating hosts Morocco 2-1 in Saturday’s final.

Magaia’s two goals came in the space of eight minutes as she tapped home from close range in the 63rd minute and added a second in the 71st from a similar position.

A lapse of concentration saw South Africa give away possession to allow Morocco to pull a goal back in the 80th minute through their English-born striker Rosella Ayane.

It set up a nervy finish, which included nine minutes of added time, in front of a capacity crowd in the Moroccan capital Rabat.

First title

It was South Africas first title after having finished runners-up five times, including the last edition in 2018.

Morocco were playing in their first final and will be heading with South Africa to next years Womens World Cup along with the two beaten semi-finalists Nigeria and Zambia.

The Cup of Nations serves as Africas qualification event for the tournament in Australia and New Zealand.