The Super Falcons of Nigeria dug deep on Tuesday before they could qualify for the final of the 2018 Africa Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.
Indisputably, Rivers Angels goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi, was the heroine as the Super Falcons overcame the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon 4-2 on penalties to also seal their place at next year’s World Cup in France.
While we wait to see how it will turn out in their final game against South Africa on Saturday, the Graphic Sports Online rates the performances of the players on a scale of one to 10 after Tuesday’s fiercely contested semi-final match played at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Tochukwu Oluehi (Nine points)
Unlike in previous games where she had very little to do, the Rivers Angels shot-stopper was kept very busy this time round and she did not disappoint as she produced stunning saves in the game. But for her brilliance brilliance cum the crucial saves during the match and in the shootouts, Cameroun would have carried the day. We give goalie Oluehi the top accolade.
Onome Ebi (Eight points)
So far, Onome has been phenomenal in this tournament. She led by example marshalling the back line of the Falcons very well and giving virtually no space to the Camerounians on Tuesday.
Josephine Chukwunonye (Seven points)
Quite diligent in her primary duties at the backline, she also pushed forward when needed.
Ebere Ngozi (Eight points)
Ebere made a couple of threatening moves; resolute with crosses and also covered up when needed most.
Osinachi Ohale (Seven points)
The hard-playing defender formed a formidable pairing with captain Onome Ebi at the heart of the Nigeria defence and she did quite well.
Rita Chikwelu (Seven points)
The veteran midfielder did make her presence felt more this time round compared to the earlier group games. She however, did not find it easy against the very physical approach of the Indomitable Lionesses.
Halimatu Ayinde (Seven points)
She gave a tireless performance. She put up a good show, winning tackles with timely interceptions and much more.
Ngozi Okobi (Six points)
From our lenses, her performance on Tuesday was not the very best of displays but above average.
Francisca Ordega (Seven points)
The winger tried a couple of times but she could not penetrate through the resolute wall of defence of the Camerounians. She did her best!
Asisat Oshoala (Seven points)
Not much of a threat up front but was quite commendable how she often falls back to help the defence once the need arose. With her deft touches on the ball she proved to be an experienced player. She brought her experience to bear as she fired home the spot kick to give Nigeria 3-2 lead before Ngozi Ebere added the fourth and final one.
Ugochi Desire Oparanozie (Five points)
She wasted some glorious scoring opportunities. Though the striker was not fed the ball as she would expect, she did not make the best use of the very few that came her way.
But for her wastefulness, Nigeria would have taken the lead in the 25th minute.
Rasheedat Ajibade (Six points)
The youngster could not impose her game on the robust Camerounian ladies but nonetheless, she showed flashes of brilliance.
Anam Imo (Six points)
She worked quite hard when she got the nod to replace Francisca Ordega
Amarachi Okoronkwo (Six points)
Amarachi also brought some spark into the game.