Windhoek - Super Falcons defeated Zambia 6-0 on Tuesday to qualify for the semifinal of the 2014 African Women’s Championship going on in Namibia, with one group game still to be played.
A brace from Desire Oparanozie, and one goal each from Ngozi Okobi, Osinachi Ohale, Asisate Oshoala and Perpetua Nkwocha sealed a massive victory for the former African Champions.
Nigeria got off to a bright start early enough when Oparanozie nodded a freekick from Ngozi Ebere and the ball found Ngozi Okobi who fired into the net to give the West Africans the lead in the 2nd minute of play.
Three minutes later, Ebere again crossed a freekick that met a waiting Osinachi Ohale who headed in to put Nigeria two goals ahead.
Oparanozie had the chance to make it three for Nigeria in the 19th minute, but her effort was unfruitful owing to good defending from Zambia.
Asisat Oshoala was denied when goalkeeper Nali blocked a short at goal from the Nigerian.
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The Super Falcons however won a penalty after the ball hit a Zambian in the hand inside the danger area in the 26th minute, and Oparanozie stepped up to convert the spot kick and put Nigeria at three goal advantage.
Zambia had the chance to cancel one goal in the 33rd minute when Kabange took advantage of a defensive blunder at the edge of Nigeria’s 18 yard box, but her shot went just close despite beating goalkeeper Precious Dede.
Zulu picked up a second yellow card in the 39th minute following a rough tackle on Oparanozie to reduce Zambia to ten players.
After the break, Nigeria continued to pile pressure on the Zambian defense following the introduction of Francesca Ordega and Perpetua Nkwocha.
Oshoala after missing several chances, got her much desired goal in the 65th minute to make it 4-0 for Nigeria.
Oparanozie grabbed her brace in the 82nd minute when substitute Ugo Njoku provided a through pass that saw the striker add a touch to beat goalkeeper Nali who was later substituted.
With five minutes remaining, Nkwocha got on the score sheet when her shot was too hot for the newly introduced Zambia keeper to wrap up a 6-0 victory for Nigeria, who have now qualified for the semifinal with one game in hand.
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