Limbe - Cup holders Nigeria had no hesitation putting six
unreplied goals past their West African counterparts Mali in the opening match
of Group B of the 10th Women Africa Cup of Nations in Limbe on Sunday.
Fleet –footed Asisat Oshoala, 2014 African Woman Player of
the Year and Most Valuable Player of the last edition of the championship in
Namibia, stole the giant size of the shine, scoring four of the six goals even
as the Falcons hardly stepped out of first gear.
USA –based Francisca Ordega started the rout with a smart
finish from Ugo Njoku’s run down the Malian defence in the 22nd minute. Before
that, Oshoala’s darting run and pass in the 15th minute was fluffed by Uchechi
Sunday, who wasted a number of opportunities on the day.
Four minutes after Ordega’s goal, midfielder Halimatu Ayinde
came close after a good move but her chip rocked the upright with the Malian
goalie beaten. Five minutes before recess, Oshoala read brilliantly a through
pass and beat the goalie before slotting into an empty net for her first and
A minute into the second half, Sunday again missed with only
the goalie to beat from Faith Ikidi pass, but she made it three from the
penalty spot a minute later after Osarenoma Igbinovia was brought down in the
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Thereafter, it became an ‘Oshoala Show’. The introduction of
a clever Chioma Wogu for fumbling Sunday worked well for her. In the 62nd
minute, Oshoala latched onto a header by Wogu to outrun a defender and the
goalkeeper before smashing into the roof of the net, and six minutes later,
benefitted from another Wogu pass to meander past two defenders and slot past
Her fourth, and Nigeria’s sixth, came from another brilliant
pass, from captain Rita Chikwelu, with 12 minutes left.
The Falcons will certainly meet stronger opposition from
Ghana’s Black Queens, whom they play in their next match on Wednesday.
that barely 48 hours to the commencement of the 10th edition of the Women
Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, the Super Falcons of Nigeria now have a new
team captain in Rita Chikwelu.
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- News24 Nigeria