By Godwin Aikigbe
Defending champions, Nigeria will on Tuesday face Cameroon at the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations semi-finals in a repeat of the 2016 final.
The Super Falcons easily thumped Equatorial Guinea 6-0 on Saturday to join South Africa and Mali in the last four after the completion of the group stage on Saturday.
Asisat Oshoala grabbed a hat-trick as the team recorded a successive win after recovering from a lone goal defeat to South Africa in the opening match and booked their place in style.
Fransisca Ordega opened the scoring for Nigeria in the eight minute before the Oshoala show started. The forward scored in the 12th, 21st and 32nd minutes to end the first half 4-0 for the holders.
Back from recess and Nigeria will continue from where they left off and it took them just three minutes to score their fifth, this time Desire Oparanozie getting on the score sheet.
Rita Chikwelu put the final nail in the coffin of Equatorial Guinea with the sixth goal in the 63rd minute.
South Africa who beat Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea in their first two Group B games, needed just a draw to progress and they did just that against neighbours Zambia, with both teams settling for a 1-1 draw in the Group B ultimate clash at the Accra sports stadium.
Tournament sensation Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana broke the deadlock for South Africa in the seventh minute with a thunderbolt that caught the Zambia goalie off guard. But the lead lasted only two minutes as the Zambians clawed their way back into the game with the equalizer through Rachael Kundananji.
Both coaches made some changes to their respective teams in their quest to alter the score line especially Zambia who had the better of the exchanges in the second half, but all to no avail as the game ended 1-1.
Banyana Banyana topped the group with seven points with the Super Falcons trailing on six points. Zambia amassed four points and Equatorial Guinea in that order pointless.