Desire Oparanozie scored four goals for the Super Falcons of Nigeria as they thumped Gambia 6-0 to progress 7-0 on aggregate to qualify for the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.
The Falcons took a slim 1-0 first leg win into the return leg at the Agege Stadium.
The Falcons got opened the scoring when Francisca Ordega was brought down in the box as early as the 2nd minute. En Avant Guingamp forward Desire Oparanozie stepped forward to convert the spot kick.
It was Asisat Oshoala who was proving to be Nigeria’s main threat as she tucked the ball to the net but saw her effort chalked off for offside.
Oshoala ghosted past her marker but poked the ball wide of the post. It was the hosts who bagged the game’s second goal. Oshoala was the woman who netted in an excellent manner.
Four minutes into restart, Oparanozie got her brace. The former Wolfsburg Ladies striker prodded home Oshoala’s well ochestrated pass.
In-form Oparanozie registered her hat trick from a beautiful solo run, as she connected from Ngozi Okobi’s pass.
Oshoala who was a class act for the Falcons grabbed a brace in the 74th minute of play. The tricky forward breezed past the Gambian defenders before slotting past the keeper.
Oparanozie wasn’t done with scoring as the powerful striker released a deadly shot from left flank to score her fourth goal of the game.
The defending champions qualified along with hosts Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Zambia, Algeria and Mali.