Nigeria’s Super Falcons bounced back in style after their opening day setback to beat the Shepolopolo of Zambia 4-0 on Wednesday at the ongoing 11th African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Cape Coast, Ghana.
The defending champions, who lost their opening match on Sunday to South Africa, returned to reckoning with an emphatic win which temporarily sent them to the top of Group B.
But South Africa later retook leadership of the group after their 7-1 mauling of Equatprial Guinea in the late kick-off.
Falcons head coach Thomas Dennerby had called on the ladies to respond like champions after the South Africa loss, and they did with a devastating display of attacking football.
Desire Oparanozie scored the opening goal for a 1-0 half-time lead, while Francesca Ordega added the second goal shortly after the restart.
Oparanozie soon added another goal to make it 3-0, while substitute Amarachi Okoronkwo put the icing on the cake with her goal to make it 4-0.
The Falcons will now take on Equatorial Guinea in their final group phase match on Saturday, while the Shepolopolo face South Africa on the same day.
Nigeria will have to beat two-time champions Equatorial Guinea to make the semis while South Africa can still advance by losing with a slim margin.