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 Akiyi’s net.
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.
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 on Saturday.
AWCON SEMI FINALS (Tuesday, 29th November 2016)
Cameroon Vs Ghana (4pm)
Nigeria Vs South Africa (7pm)