By Olusola ‘Jide @jide_olusola
The Super Falcons of Nigeria have bounced from the 1-0 defeat to South Africa by defeating the She-polopolo of Zambia 4-0 at the ongoing Africa Women Nations Cup in Ghana on Wednesday.
Desire Oparanozie, Francesca Ordega, Rasheedat Ajibade and Okoronkwo were on the scoresheet at the Cape Coast Stadium to keep the defending African champions hopes alive who hitherto were staring at an early exit from the competition.
In the opening minutes, Zambia stuck behind the ball waiting to capitalise on any error from the Nigerians who continued to dominate proceedings.
In the 41st minute, the dominance paid off when Oparanozie gave Nigeria the lead. The France based forward fired fierce shot past goalkeeper Nali after she was released by Francesca Ordega.
At the restart of the second half, the Super Falcons were a different side as Ordega curls in the second goal of the evening after Oparanozie’s initial attempt kissed the woodwork in the 69th minute.
Ajibade who had come in as a substitute to replace Oparanozie made an impact as she drove home a missile for her first ever Africa Women Cup of Nations goal in the 75th minute.
Dalian Quanjian F.C striker, Asisat Oshoala who seemed jinxed uncharacteristically missed six open chances which she naturally would have scored.
However, substitute Amarachi Okoronkwo scored the fourth goal with the last kick of the game to ensure a comprehensive victory.
The last time both team met was at AWCON 2014 in Namibia and Nigeria triumphed 6-0 in Windhoek.
Group B will be decided in the final round of fixtures when Nigeria take on Equatorial Guinea and will expect to defeat the former African champions who were bashed 5-0 by Zambia in their opening game.