Super Falcons striker, Desire Oparanozie has expressed delight after her first goal in the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) tournament in Ghana.
The Falcons forward opened the scoring for the defending champions in a comprehensive 4-0 win over Zambia at the Cape Coast Stadium on Wednesday evening. Having toiled all game, a good pass from the eventual player of the match, Francisca Ordega found the striker who made no mistake this time stabbing the ball home in the 42nd minute to hand Nigeria a deserved half time lead.
“Having missed the only chance against South Africa and scoring today (Wednesday), it’s a relief so I feel happy,” she said on Wednesday evening in a post match interview.
On getting the stick from Nigerians for her miss against South Africa she said: “we were out there on the field and the intention was to win but unfortunately it didn’t go our way and we put that behind us and got the three points against Zambia and we’re looking forward to winning the next game.”
With the South Africa loss looking like a wake up call for the eight time champions who would need to score tons of goals against Equatorial Guinea to give themselves a good shot at qualification, Oparanozie admitted that the team played with some pressure but hopes that in the next game they will be able to get more goals.
“Considering we lost our first game, we were under a lot of pressure but we managed to score four goals and I think we’re just getting started. So hopefully in our next game we can improve on our goal scoring tactics.”