Nigeria thump Gambia to qualify for AWCON

BY: Shina Oludare,

Gambia were torn apart 6-0 by a ruthless Nigeria at Agege in Lagos Stadium in Monday’s Africa Women Cup of Nations second round qualifier.

With a slender 1-0 lead from the first leg in Banjul, Nigeria made sure of their place with an emphatic victory, to win 7-0 on aggregate

Four goals from Desire Oparanozie and a brace from Asisat Oshoala powered the Super Falcons to a flawless victory – while the visitors will lick their wounds for poor defending.

Oparanozie became the joint second-leading scorer in the qualifying series as Thomas Dennerby’s lady took the lead from the penalty mark in the third minute courtesy the four-goal hero, with Oshoala doubling the lead in the 44th minute.

Goalkeeper Aminata Gaye picked the ball her net four more times in the second half as Mariama Sowe's women had no answer to Nigeria's passing and movement.

The Super Falcons were a class apart and the Gambians sportingly applauded as they became the third team after Ethiopia and South Africa to score more than five goals in a game in the qualifiers.

They will be attempting to win the trophy for a record 11th time since inception in 1991.

Ghana host the 2018 edition and it holds between 17 November – 1 December 2018.

Algeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, South Africa and Zambia complete the team who will be battling for supremacy later this year.