Abuja - Nigeria’s senior team, the Super Falcons, on Sunday, zoomed into the semi finals of the 2012 African Women Championship (AWC) with a 3-1 defeat of Cote d’ Ivoire.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Falcons made its three wins in three matches to finish top of group B with 9 points.
The Falcons were the defending champions and needed just a draw to guarantee their spot in the semi-finals of the championship.
The Nigerian ladies dominated proceedings early in the first half, creating a clear-cut chance as early as the 9th minute when Evelyn Nwabuoku pounced on a ball from Ngozi Ebere but found the side of the net.
Ogonna Chukwudi made it 1-0 a minute later to hand the Falcons an early lead.
The Nigerian side continued to dominate the game with Stella Mbachu and Ngozi Okobi causing problems for the Ivoirian side from the right side of attack.
Defender Ngozi Ebere made it 2-0, three minutes from half time with a well taken free-kick before Stella Mbachu made it 3-0 in the 75th minute.
Ivory Coast got a consolation goal in the 82nd minute through N’Rehy Tia Viho Ines for a final score of 3-1.
The Super Falcons will face Banyana Banyana of South Africa in the semi-final, after the finished runners up in group A.
Coach Kadiri Ikhana in a statement made available on Sunday expressed delight with the team’s performance, saying that their confidence had been boosted after winning all three games in the group.
"It is very important for the team to get nine points from the group games and I am very happy that we got it.
"It was a very good performance from the team. They moved very well. Apart from that little error in defence that led to the goal, they played very well.
"The match against South Africa will be another tough game but I think we have a good chance against them,’’ Ikahana said.
The Super Falcons will depart Malabo for Bata on Monday, Nov. 5, ahead of their clash against the Bayana Bayana on Nov. 7 at the Nkoantoma Stadium.