Oparanozie nets four as Super Falcons thrash Gambia, secure ticket for AWCON

The reigning Africa champions, Super Falcons of Nigeria have qualified for the 11th edition of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) following their 6-0 bashing of Gambia in the second-leg.

The game played at the Agege Stadium,Lagos on Monday evening saw Nigeria secure qualification on a 7-0 aggregate after beating the Gambia senior girls 1-0 in the first-leg.

Four goals from Desire Oparanozie and a brace from Asisat Oshoala sealed the eight-time African champions’ victory.

A third minute penalty goal for the Falcons gave them a boost to thrash their West African counterpart, thanks to Oparanozie’s accurate strike from 10 yards.

Few minutes to the break, Oshoala doubled the lead to cover up for her early misses.

Four minutes into the second half, Oparanozie fired the third for the Nigerian side through an assist from Oshoala.

The Guingamp forward went ahead again to embolden her name on the scoresheet, with a nice pass from Ngozi Okobi on 65 minutes and get her third goal of the encounter.

On 74 minutes, Oshoala dashed into the Gambian defence to make it 5-0.

Oparanozie was not done yet as struck a powerful shot on target in the 85th minute to end the contest on a 6-0 triumph for the hosts.

They will now head to the 2018 AWCON which will kick off in November this year and serve as qualifiers for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

The defending champions qualified along with hosts Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Zambia, Algeria and Mali.

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