Yaoundé - Champions Nigeria hit tournament newcomers Kenya
4-0 on Saturday to seal top place in Group B and reach the semi finals of the
10th Women Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
The night match at the Stade Omnisports Limbe had hardly got
underway when midfielder Ngozi Okobi rocketed home from the edge of the box
after a Kenyan defender headed the ball in an attempt to snuff out a Nigerian
attack. That was less than three minutes on the clock.
Four minutes later, defender Faith Ikidi increased the tally
with a marvelous header that sailed into the top corner of Kenyan goalkeeper
Tournament leading scorer Asisat Oshoala blasted the ball
over the bar from a good position in the Kenyan box in the 28th minute, and
Akiyi got low to scoop a shot by Halimat Ayinde in the 31st minute as Nigeria
went all out. Farncisca Ordega blasted a good Ikidi pass over the bar just
before recess, and seconds later, Oshoala’s audacious lift over Akiyi’s head
just missed going in.
In the second half, the Cup holders started quickly again,
with Oshoala scoring her fifth of the tournament after running in with great
anticipation to slot past Akiyi from an Okobi pass.
Also read: Oshoala scores four as Super Falcons lash Mali 6-0
Faith Ikidi tested Akiyi from a free kick with 13 minutes
left, and there was still time for substitute Desire Oparanozie to score her
first goal of the tournament with a minute to go, with a good touch and shot
from a cross by Ordega.
The Super Falcons will take on South Africa’s Banyana
Banyana in the second semi final on Tuesday, while hosts Cameroon will tackle
Ghana’s Black Queens, who defeated Mali 3-1 in the other final match of Group B
that Nigeria were held to a 1-1 draw by Ghana in one of the group phase matches
of the ongoing 10th Women Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon.
AWCON SEMI FINALS (Tuesday, 29th November 2016)
Cameroon Vs Ghana (4pm)
Nigeria Vs South Africa (7pm)
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