Nigeria super falcons were rudeless against Mali as they demonstrated to the continent and the world why they deserve to be 6 times champion and will be red hot favorite to win the crown and destroy Cameroon’s-party. Playing against Mali in day two actions of the 2016 women African Cup of nations, AFCON, the west Africans were merciless against Mali as they thrash them 6 :0 at the Limbe Omisport stadium to take commanding leading of the group -temprraily tthouh.
When Former Super Falcons attacking midfielder, Stella Mbachu has said Mali will not pose any difficulty to Nigerians at the on-going 10th Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (Awcon) in Cameroon,saying “Of course, Nigerians can go to sleep with both eyes closed certain that the Falcons will beat Mali convincingly. she was not misnking words, they never looked like they could pose any threat to the rudeles Nigerians as four goals from strikerAsisat Oshoala, and two from Francisca Ordega and Uchechi Sunday help see oship half a dozen goal against a visibly inferior Mali.
Head coach of the African champions, Florence Omagbemi, named a startlist without Desire Oparanozie with Sunday preferred upfront alongside Arsenal Ladies striker, Oshoala. Faith Ikidi, Onome Ebi, Ordega, Halimatu Ayinde and captain Rita Chikwelu completed Nigeria’s list of overseas-based team. while Mali relied on their three France based players, Dejnaba Baradji, Sebe Coulibaly and Aissatou Diadhiou.
Seven minutes into the game, Uchechi Sunday’s knockdown played Oshoala through on goal but the Arsenal Ladies forward applied a first heavy touch and allowed the ball to bubble out of play to the relief of Mali stopper Samake Goundo.
Mali had their first opportunity to test the Nigerian back-four when they broke from the right channel. But Sebe Coulibaly’s cross was too easy a catch for Alaba Jonathan.
On 15 minutes, Oshoala’s cutback into Mali’s box was met by Washington Spirit forward, Ordega, who effort was blocked before FC Minsk midfielder Ayinde dragged her attempt off target.
Five minutes later, Sunday rose highest to plant a headed attempt at goal straight into the hands of Mali goalkeeper Goundo.
However, Goundo could not stop Ordega from passing the ball into the bottom corner from a low cross to give Nigeria a deserved one-nil lead.
Halfway into the first 45 minutes, Ayinde then waltzed through the Mali defence and could only watch as her delightful chip grazed the woodwork and went out of play.
Mali’s only threat in the game came from one of their France-based stars, Baradji though the Nigerian backline anchored by Onome Ebi kept her in check.
Five minutes before the break, Oshoala doubled Nigeria’s lead. The Malians made a meal of a clearance and Osarenoma Igbinovia picked out Oshoala who skipped past Mali custodian to score.
Sunday and Oshoala had opportunities to make it 3-0 to Nigeria but Aminata Sacko and Goundo blocked the attempts respectively.
In added time of the first half, the Malians defended a goalmouth scramble with Nigerian trio of Osinachi Ohale, Sunday and Ordega putting pressure on their opponents.
Less than two minutes into the restart, a poor challenge by Sacko on Igbinovia gifted Nigeria spot kick and South Korea-based striker, Sunday, calmly side-footed the ball past a despairing Mali goalkeeper for the third goal to the champions.
On the hour mark, Oshoala raced through Mali’s defence and hit the ball first time. Her attempt was always rising.
Nigeria went four goals up on 64 minutes through Oshoala. A through-ball from the back freed up the Arsenal Ladies forward, who beat her Malian marker, Oumou Tangara for pace before rounding Goundo and then calmly picked her spot to score her second of the afternoon.
Four minutes later, the Arsenal Ladies striker’s pace was again too much to cope with by the Malian defence and she effortlessly slotted in Nigeria’s fifth of the game and her hat-trick.
Fifteen minutes to time, Ayinde let fly from outside of Mali’s goal area and her attempt only flew inches over the post.
The contest turned out to be an Oshoala show as she scored her fourth of the game and Nigeria’s sixth from a well-weighted pass by Chikwelu on 79 minutes.
With the contest surely won by Nigeria, Guindo’s team can only look forward to their next game with Kenya on Wednesday while the Super Falcons face Ghana in a clash of hea
Ghana and kenya will face off later in the second day of the day.