Super Falcons get South Africa hurdle in AWCON

Nigeria’s
Super Falcons would have South Africa’s Banyana Banyan in their way as they
look to make it to their eight final of the Africa Women Cup of Nations, AWCON.
Nigeria
will play the second semifinal against South Africa on Tuesday at 7pm while the
first semifinal will be at 5pm on the same day.
Nigeria
has met South Africa three times in this competition, the first in 2002 when Ifeanyi
Chiejine, Stella Mbachu (brace) and Perpetua Nkwocha.
Both
teams met again in the 2012 semi finals in Equitorial Guinea and the Falcons
lost to the Banyana 1-0.
In
2014, Nigeria beat South Africa 2-1 with Asisat Oshoala getting a brace while
Jane pulled one back for the Banyana Banyana.
To
qualify for the semifinals Nigeria hit tournament newcomers Kenya 4-0 on
Saturday to seal top place in Group B.

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.

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