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AWCON: S’Falcons In Decisive Match Against S’Africa Tuesday

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Posted: Nov 28, 2016 at 7:05 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuike Chukwu

Lagos – The Super Falcons will tomorrow face a resurgent Bayana Bayana of South Africa in the semi final of the ongoing Africa Women Cup of Nation (AWCON), which is taking place at the Cameroon cities of Yaoundé and Limbe.

It will be recalled that two years ago in Windhoek, Namibia, the seven-time African champions defeated Bayana Bayana 2-0 in the semi final of that year’s AWCON en route to winning their seventh continental title.

This might have accounted for why an official of the Bayana Bayana, while speaking to a Nigerian journalist at the Parliamentarian Hotel aboard of both Nigeria and South Africa, said that they are better equipped now to stand between Nigeria and a final berth.

He also based his optimism on the 5-0 pounding of Egypt in their last group game.

“If your team (referring to the Super Falcons) top Group B, then it is the end of the road for Nigeria in this competition because we won’t allow them to beat us here.

“You saw how we dismantled Egypt 5-0, that is exactly how we will beat your team in the semi.”

Meanwhile Falcons needed a good win over their Kenyan counterparts to finish top of Group B after they were forced to a goalless draw by the ladies from Ghana in their second group match.

And on Saturday, the seven-time winners left nobody in doubt of their determination to finish top of the group after scoring four goals past hapless Kenya. That was even as Ghana defeated Mali, who were still in the race before the match, 3-1 to finish second behind Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria/Kenya match at the Stade Omnisports Limbe had hardly got underway when 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. The last goal came off the booth of substitute, Desire Oparanozie, with a minute left to play in the second half.