The Super Falcons of Nigeria today in the Cape Coast, Ghana beat the Shepopolo of Zambia 4-0 in their crucial Group B match of the Women's African Cup of Nations.
Still smarting from their disastrous first game against the RSA, the defending African champion played like a totally different team. It certainly didn't look like it was the same eleven who could not muster even one shot on goal for a full 90 minutes, let alone score against Bafana.
Far from it.
Nigeria was adventurous quick off the ball and played with a sense of purpose. Asisat Oshoala pretty much did everything on the right wing except score. It was the savy Oparanozie minutes before the end of the first half that finally put the birds ahead.
Ortega would make it 2:0 in the second half when she pounced on an Oparanozie shot that rebounded off the woodwork. But it was the bomb by Rasheedat Ajibade that made it 3:0, that was the goal of the day.
Minutes after coming on for Oparanozie the FC Robo teenager raced down the right flank to blast a sizzler past the Zambian captain and goalkeeper, who had had quite a solid gamed, regardless of the scoreline.
When Okoronkwo made it 4:0 within seconds of the final whistle the game had long been decided. With the victory, Nigeria has now thrown herself a lifeline and the chances of the African Champion moving on to the next round just significantly increased. The other game in the Group will be between the RSA and Equatorial Guinea.