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2018 AWCON: Super Falcons Maul Zambia 4-0, Revive Semi-final Hopes

2018 AWCON: Super Falcons Maul Zambia 4-0, Revive Semi-final Hopes

By Johnny Edward:
Nigeria’s Super Falcons recorded their first win at the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup Of Nations (AWCON) in Ghana defeating Zambia 4-0 at the Cape Coast Stadium on Wednesday despite missing several scoring chances, reports Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Goals from Desire Oparanozie, Francisca Ordega, Rasheedat Ajibade and Amarachi Okoronkwo secured a first win for the Super Falcons at the AWCON tournament following their 1-0 loss to South Africa in their opening Group B game on Sunday.


The Super Falcons started the game well-stringing passes together well trying to create a chance but the Zambian team were resolute in defending.

Asisat Oshoala had the game’s first real chance but her low drive was easily saved by the Zambian goalie Hazel Nali in the eighth minute.

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The Super Falcons dominated possession having more shots on goal but failed to convert the chances.

Oshoala: It’s Make Or Break For Super Falcons Against Zambia


In the 19th minute, Onome Ebi’s goal-bound header was also saved by Nali.

The Super Falcons broke the deadlock shortly after Ordega raced down the left flank before releasing Oparanozie who stabbed in her pass from close range.

At the start of the second half, Oparanozie missed a chance to double the Super Falcons’ lead despite rounding off the goalkeeper.

Oshoala also had a chance to score when she broke down the right flank but her cutback pass was saved by the impressive Nali in goal for Zambia.

Oshoala missed two clear-cut chances successively to wrap up the win for the Super Falcons in the 58th and 62nd minutes.

Ordega curled in a rebound shot from Oparanoize to double the lead for the Super Falcons.

Ajibade who came on for Oparanoize in the 70th minute. And five minutes later, the FC Robo star fired in a stunning strike to make it 3-0 for Thomas Dennerby’s side.

Okoronkwo sealed the first 2018 AWCON win for the reigning champions with a stunning strike from the edge of the box.

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  • Ara Nkita 3 years ago

    Congrats ladies.
    This is a much improved display compared to the last game. I saw hunger,desire, organisation and fight. That’s what we are talking about.
    The players I called out in the last game and condemned their performance stepped up today.
    Ordega,Oparanozie,showed much improvement.
    But Chikwelu in the midfield is still lacking ball control and misplacing passes.
    It can be better.

    • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

      They’re actually not as old as you condemned them to be. The oldest player in the current team is 31. Oparanoze and Ordega are around 24/25. With the exception of the captain Ebi and Chukwelu most of these girls have only recently progressed from the U20 team since 2010. They actually didn’t even played that badly against South Africa, they were just unlucky in front of goal as they created a lot of chances. Ruthlessness is all I need from them, in terms of football display the Falcons are playing the best football from a Nigerian female team that I haven’t seen in a long time. The NFF needs to organize a lot of friendlies for them irrespective of the outcome of this tournament as they will always dominate on the African continent, although others are progressing as well, but they will still continue to dominate in Africa. They need adequate resources to be on the next level to compete on the global stage.

      • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

        You are very correct sir.
        The FA has not show commitment to the SF over the last decade despite them always delivering on the continent. The fact that they always manage to grind out success after success out of shear superiority in talent and determination in spite of this lack of seriousness and non committal of resources to the development of this team. Unfortunately, sheer talent and determination doesnt cut it at the world stage where they meet team with equal of superior talent but with more organization and preparedness. Aspiring to make a statement on the world stage is one thing….hiring a foreign coach is another….while getting the team well prepared at all times is the most important. If SA cpuld play as much as 8 international friendlies this year alone….I dont see why we shouldn’t play at least 5. The coach can only do his bit with the time he has with the squad…he cant work any magic outside that.

      • Aleks 3 years ago

        Totally agreed. Though I still believe they were a bit too relaxed against South Africa. If they’d play with the same level of determination that they showed against Zambia, there’s no way they wouldn’t have beaten South Africa.
        A bit of correction though – the oldest player in the team is 35 (Onome Ebi). I also read a report that listed Faith Ikidi as the oldest player in the team at 31, I guess that was a mistake.

        • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

          Yea very correct…its that usual attitude with Nigerian teams….We always need a dirty slap in d backside before we realize a tournament has begun. Its common with all our teams…from U17 to the senior teams

  • Bomboy 3 years ago

    The Falcons have been stirred. Played like real Nigerian babes….

  • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

    That defeat against SA was surely a wake up call. I still back the SF to go all the way in Ghana. Up next Equatorial Guinea

  • Nice one ladies. Keep up the tempo from here on.

  • Nweke Ogbonna Solomon 3 years ago

    Up Super Facons

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    Congratulations Super Falcons. Go make your nation proud. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 3 years ago

    Extremely happy to note. This is a super win for us. Do the Same in the next Game. l beg oo

  • Like I wrote in my previous comment when they lost to SA, the coach carved out a plan but the players were wasteful. This match could have easily ended 10-0 if the players, especially Oshoala, converted the many 1-on-1’s they had. Not to take anything away from the Zambian goal keeper, who was my man of the match, but our players need to start scoring. Almost every 5mins resulted in a 1-on-1 or at least a scoring opportunity yesterday. Notice how our coach celebrated the second goal, which came deep in the 2nd half? He knew that we were hanging by a thread and that Zambia could pull what SA pulled by scoring late. Congrats anyway, but we need to start being efficient in front of goal.