Nigeria’s Super Falcons yesterday thumped Cote d’Ivoire’s female national team 3-1 in its final Group B game at the ongoing African Women’s Championship in Equitorial Guinea. The win made it a maximum of nine points out of nine for the Falcons.
Coach Kadiri Ikhana praised the performance of the girls saying the maximum points gained from three group matches were indication that Nigeria could retain the title.
He said, “It was very important for the team to get nine points from the group games and I am very happy that we got it. It was a very good performance from the team. They moved very well. Apart from that little error in defence that led to the only goal for our opponents, they played very well.”
Nigeria will now face Group A runners up, Banyana Banyana of South Africa in the semi-final stage on Wednesday at the Nkoantoma Stadium, 5.30pm Nigerian time. Kadiri Ikhana has this to say about the Falcon’s next opponent: “the match against South Africa will be another tough game but I think we have a good chance against them.”
In the other semi-final tie, hosts, Equitorial Guinea will play Group B runners up, Lionesses of Cameroon. The winners of both semi-final ties will play at the finals coming up on Sunday. November 11, 2012.