–Reach 2015 Games beating Mali 9-1 on Aggregate
Nigeria’s Super Falcons on Friday qualified for the women’s football event of the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo Brazaville between September 3-18, 2015.
The team handled by Edwon Okon thrashed Mali women 8-0 in the second leg of the final round of the qualifier at the Abuja National Stadium.
A brace each from Desire Oparanozie, Asisat Oshoala and Francisca Ordega – sandwiched by a trademark strike from skipper Evelyn Nwabuoku from over 23 yards in the 69th minute and a goal from Esther Sunday towards the end of the game ensured that the Super Falcons qualified for the All African Games.
The Falcons thus qualified for the Games 9-1 on aggregate.
An unmarked Desrie Oparanozie started the avalanche after three minutes when she finished off a low cross from Oshoala.
Francesca Ordega then controlled from a goal mouth scramble, turned away from her marker and fired home into the corner.
Oshoala was released free with a long pass from Nwabuoku. She beat Oumou Tangara for pace and goalkeeper Samake but Dicko cleared to safety.
Right back Ugo Njoku delivered a cross to the path of Oparanozie who headed the ball across goal. The fans applauded every move made by Super Falcons.
The woodwork stopped midfielder Ngozi Okobi from also registering her first goal of the game after good work from Oshoala in the 37th minute.
Reigning African Women Football Of The Year, Oshoala then gave her side a three-goal cushion six minutes to the end of the first half.
The Liverpool Ladies striker Oshoala flicked the ball to Oparanozie, the powerful striker unselfishly sent a crisp pass to Oshoala who finished with ease.
In the dying moments of the first half, there was another moment of individual brilliance from Oshoala. She ran from her half and beat Tangara for pace before delivering an assist to Oparanozie who increased her goal haul.
The first half ended four-nil in favour of the Super Falcons.
After the break, the resilient Oshoala benefited from the error of Samake to score the 5th goal of the match and got a brace for herself.
A 55th minute lob from Oshoala couldn’t deceive Samake. And the goalkeeper also dived low to frustrate Oparanozie.
Mali threatened through Baradji’s long-range attempt but there was worse to come for the visitors, with Oshoala setting up Ordega for the 6th goal of the one-sided encounter in the 62nd minute.
Edwin Okon’s women stepped up several gears after, with Nwabuoku netting her official first goal in the colours of the national side in a brilliant way.
A corner kick from substitute Sunday fell to the path of Nwabuoku and the skipper said ”thank you” with a trademark bullet to the far corner. It was a delight to watch.
Skipper Evelyn Nwabuoku fired home the seventh goal from 23 yards after 69 minutes, before substitute Esther Sunday completed the rout in the 71st minute off a rebound.