Nigeria overpowered Ghana in all departments of the game during their clash at Parc des Sport in Triechville, Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Saturday in the women’s Fivb World Cup qualifiers.
Team Nigeria ran away with an unanswered 3-0 scoreline in a meeting that ended in the third set after the unstoppable Super Falcons snatched win in all the sets played.
Nigeria were designated as the visiting team while Ghana posed as locals, and that wasn’t ordinary as they had more of the home support than their Anglophone counterpart thanks to a huge Ghanaian community based in Abidjan.
Nigeria were unfazed by the horns and drums and went underway in a frenetic pace, delivering peppery serves to the Ghanaian side who struggled for composure throughout the first set, as the opposing side, manned by Chineye Nwosu, carted away with a 16-25 win.
Ghana opened the second set better than the first and had Nigeria trailing and committing more fouls and were ahead 9 -4 at some point. However, the Falcons, taller and apparently more physical, soon overturned the tide and realised better blocks and digs than Ghana.
It ended 17-25 for Nigeria, and with the Black Queens losing confidence and perhaps stamina, Nigeria never released the pedal in the third and eventual final set.
Ghana were a shadow of themselves and mere serving the ball was a huge task. They succumbed to the missiles of shots flowing from the other end of the net and practically abandoned the fight even before time.
It ended 7-25 in favour of Nigeria.
Nigeria, on Sunday, will meet host team Ivory Coast, who lost to Ghana 3-1 on Friday.
A win for the Falcons would put them top of the standing and a sure qualification to the FIVB women’s world cup.
Below are pictures from the game: