Saturday, August 27, 2011
Nigeria puts up a disappointing performance in a 2-1 win against Cameroon.
Cameroon started as the more purposeful side when Ivan Mhlame fired a thunderous shot at goal only for the shot to go wide.
With pressure mounting in the Nigerians goal area,goal keeper Precious Dede was forced to make a cynical tackle on danger woman Onguene, which saw the latter writhing in pain but Dede was lucky to get away with a yellow card.
Veteran star player Nkwocha brought some life into the Nigerian side with her dangerous runs which drew a free-kick but the ensuing kick was wasted by Emueje Ogbiagbeva.Nigeria stepped up their game 30 mins into the first half when Nkwocha again wriggles through two Lionesses and shoots the ball into the welcoming hands of the goalkeeper.
After a catalog of misses on the part of the Nigerians, the deadlock is finally broken when in the second half when Nwkocha steps up to bury a penalty kick emanating from a foul on Oparanozie by Cameroon's Bou Njou,putting the score at 1-0. Nigeria continued with their lackluster performance whiles Cameroon increased the tempo of the game only to succumb to a Nigerian onslaught started by Osinachi Ohale, whose cross from the flanks ended up becoming a problem too hot to handle by Cameroon's goalkeeper Ngo Ndom only for Ebere Orji to tap in, registering Nigeria's second goal.
Cameroon pulled a goal back when Precious Dede made heavy weather handling a back pass to put their name on the score sheet. They then make an injury time substitution when Fedjio made way for Ngono Moni but couldn't even out the score until the blast of the final whistle. Nigeria wins the game by 2 goals to 1 with Cameroon being the happier of the two sides as the go back home with an important away goal to rely on. The second leg of the Olympic qualifier will be played in Cameroon in a fortnight.
Posted by Women's Soccer Worldwide at 3:02 PM