True to their pre-match boast, the Super Falcons yesterday proved to their male counterparts, the Super Eagles, that Nigeria is still a force in world football when they hammered Zambia 6-0 to book their passage to the semifinal of the ongoing African Women Championship (AWC) with ease.
The Nigerian girls won their first game 4-2 against a resilient Les Elephantes of Cote d’Ivoire on the opening day of the championship on Saturday to win the hearts of many Namibian fans. Yesterday, the fans came in large number, clapping and cheering the Falcons against their fellow Southern African country, Zambia.
The match was barely two minutes old when Delta Queens FC forward, Ngozi Okobi struck the first goal. The jubilation that greeted the goal had hardly died down, when Houston Dash of USA defender, Osinachi Ohale, made it two in the fourth minute.
Desire Oparanozie made it three a few minutes later when she converted a penalty following an infringement by a Zambian defender, Grace Zulu, in the 18-yead box.
The Zambian was given a marching order as it was her second bookable offence.
Early in the second half, FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup golden girl, Assisat Oshoala, made it four for the Falcons, while Oparanozie increased the tally to five goals a few minutes later. She also took her goals tally so far in the competition to four, as she had scored a brace in Nigeria’s 4-2 win over Cote d’Ivoire on Saturday.
Former African player of the Year, Perpetua Nkwocha, completed the rout with the sixth goal that received applause from the fans.
Ngozi Ebere was voted the MVP in yesterday’s game.
Meanwhile, the Falcons have appealed to Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, wives of governors and other top women politicians in the country to rally round them the same way their husbands gave the Super Eagles morale and financial support at the last African Nations Cup held in South Africa.