AWCON 2016: Oshoala grabs a double brace as Falcons demolish Mali 6-0

Asisat Oshoala got a double brace
It
was the Asisat Oshoala show in Limbe on Sunday as Nigeria’s Super Falcons
thrashed their Malian opponents 6-0 in their opening game of the Africa Women
Cup of Nations.
Asisat
got her double brace in the 31st, 62nd, 68th
and 78th minutes of the game.
USA
–based Francisca Ordega however 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 Nigeria’s second.
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 box.
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 the goalkeeper.
Her
fourth, and Nigeria’s sixth, came from another brilliant pass, from captain
Rita Chikwelu, with 12 minutes left.

The
Falcons will next play against Ghana’s Black Queens on Wednesday.

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