Nigeria revives AWCON campaign

Defending champions Nigeria revived their 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations campaign with an easy 4-0 win over Zambia yesterday in Cape Coast.


The Super Falcons lost their opening match to South Africa and faced an embarrassing elimination from the tournament.

They made a bright start moving forward and operating from the left flank with Francisca Ordega in-charge but Lushome Mweemba’s clearance came off Desire Oparanozie for a goal-kick.

The Nigerians dominated the exchanges and kept the Zambia goal area boiling but their front women failed to bury the chances that came their way.

The Zambians threatened for the first time through the skillful Grace Chanda, who dribbled past two markers before releasing Rachel Kundananji inside the box but the lanky striker shot feebly.

Nigeria, however, managed to find the opening goal through Oparanozie.

In the 69th minute, Ordega smashed home from a rebound by curling past goalkeeper Nali after Oparanozie’s connection to Oshoala’s cross from the left came off the side post.

With a quarter of an hour left, substitute Rasheedat Ajibade rocketed the ball which came off the underside of the bar for the third goal.

Substitute Grace Okoronkwo’s long range shot bounced off the turf and slipped under the arms of Nali for the fourth goal. -Ghanasoccernet

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