Nigeria opened their CAF African Women’s Championship contest with a 4-2 victory over their West African neighbours Ivory Coast in a Group A match at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday. A brace from Desire Oparanozie inspired the Super Falcons to a comfortable win as they begin their quest for their seventh title as well as a place in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup billed for Canada. The Nigerians scored the first goal of the match through Esther Sunday in the 12th minute but Tiegnou levelled matters for Cote d’Ivoire in the 20th minute.
The game went to half-time with the score still 1-1. Nigeria took the lead for the second time in the game when Diakite turned the ball into her own net scoring an own goal. Oparanozie extended the Falcon’s lead in the 74th minute but Yeble pulled one back for the Ivorians a minute later to make it 3-2.
Oparanozie sealed the victory scoring her second goal of the match just three minutes before full time as her team bagged the three points.