Nigeria have set up a date with South Africa in the semi-finals of the 10th Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2016, after beating already eliminated Kenya 4-0 in their last group B match decided at the Limbe Ominisport Stadium on Saturday.
Goals from Ngozi Okobi, Faith Ikidi, Asisat Oshoala and substitute Desire Oparanozie, secured top spot in the group for the Super Falcons, while the Black Queens of Ghana remained runners-up with a 3-1 victory over Mali in the other match played simultaneously at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde.
Uchechi Sunday returned to the centre forward position in the starting line up for Nigeria having sat out the 1-1 draw against Ghana, while Ngozi Okobi made her first start in the tournament.
In the Harambee Starlet’s team, Vivian Akinyi replaced Samantha Akinyi in between the sticks, while defender, Doris Anyango and midfielder, Janet Bundi were given the nod by coach David Ouma ahead of midfielders, Vivian Corazone and Carolyne Anyango.
Two goals in the opening ten minutes made for a perfect start for the defending Champions, who were looking to quickly erase the memory of their draw against Ghana.
First, it was Ngozi Okobi unleashing an unexpected blinder to register her first goal of the tournament. Then, an unmarked Faith Ikidi headed in a freekick nicely swung in by Ugo Njoku.
Kenya’s Harambee Starlets settled into the game afterwards but Janet Bundi’s freeckick and Mary Wanjiku’s corner was well gathered by Jonathan Alaba in goal for Nigeria.
The Super Falcons continued to dominate play, with Uchechi Sunday and Asisat Oshoala coming close to goal, but they failed to increase their lead before referee Letticia Viana from Swaziland sounded the half time whistle.
On resumption, Kenya began to find spaces with first half substitute Vivian Corazone leading the attack. Corazone had taken the place of Bundi who was stretchered off in the 36th minute.
In the 53rd minute, Asisat Oshoala finally got an answer to her many questions, when she slotted home Ngozi Okobi’s cross for her sixth goal of the tournament.
Before Desire Oparanozie, who had come in for Uchechi Sunday in the 61st minute, put the icing on the cake on the 89th minute.
The result means Kenya have wrapped up their debut appearance at the Women’s AFCON with two goals scored and ten goals conceded.
Meanwhile, On November 29, the Limbe Ominisport Stadium will be lit for the last time in this tournament as the Super Falcons of Nigeria file out against Banyana Banyana of South Africa in the second semi-final of the day at 7pm.
It would be Cameroon versus Ghana slugging it out in Yaoundé at 4pm.