Nigeria’s Super Falcons would have South Africa’s Banyana Banyan in their way as they look to make it to their eight final of the Africa Women Cup of Nations, AWCON.
Nigeria will play the second semifinal against South Africa on Tuesday at 7pm while the first semifinal will be at 5pm on the same day.
Nigeria has met South Africa three times in this competition, the first in 2002 when Ifeanyi Chiejine, Stella Mbachu (brace) and Perpetua Nkwocha.
Both teams met again in the 2012 semi finals in Equitorial Guinea and the Falcons lost to the Banyana 1-0.
In 2014, Nigeria beat South Africa 2-1 with Asisat Oshoala getting a brace while Jane pulled one back for the Banyana Banyana.
To qualify for the semifinals Nigeria hit tournament newcomers Kenya 4-0 on Saturday to seal top place in Group B.
Midfielder Ngozi Okobi rocketed home from the edge of the box after a Kenyan defender headed the ball in an attempt to snuff out a Nigerian attack. That was less than three minutes on the clock.
Four minutes later, defender Faith Ikidi increased the tally with a marvelous header that sailed into the top corner of Kenyan goalkeeper Akiyi’s net.
Tournament leading scorer Asisat Oshoala blasted the ball over the bar from a good position in the Kenyan box in the 28th minute, and Akiyi got low to scoop a shot by Halimat Ayinde in the 31st minute as Nigeria went all out. Farncisca Ordega blasted a good Ikidi pass over the bar just before recess, and seconds later, Oshoala’s audacious lift over Akiyi’s head just missed going in.
In the second half, the Cup holders started quickly again, with Oshoala scoring her fifth of the tournament after running in with great anticipation to slot past Akiyi from an Okobi pass.
Faith Ikidi tested Akiyi from a free kick with 13 minutes left, and there was still time for substitute Desire Oparanozie to score her first goal of the tournament with a minute to go, with a good touch and shot from a cross by Ordega.