All-Africa Games female soccer: Nigeria 5 Zimbabwe 0

Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A purposeful Nigerian women's team Friday crushed its Zimbabwean counterpart 5-0 in the opening event of the All-Africa Games inside the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
The match effectively kicked-off the much-publicised Games, which will officially open Saturday in the capital city of Abuja.
It was also historic, being the first time female football will feature at the four-yearly games which started in 1965.
Skipper Rita Nwadike opened scoring for the host after only five minutes, when she coolly tucked away a cross from the right flank.
Nigeria doubled its advantage on 37 minutes through Juliana Ekwerike.
Blessing Igbojionu increased the tally seven minutes after the break, before Ekwerike got her second goal of the match from the penalty spot in the 55th minute after a Zimbabwean defender handled the ball inside the box.
Nwadike completed the rout with three minutes left on the clock.
Cameroon and Ethiopia, the other teams in the first round group based in Lagos, were scheduled to play later Friday.
Meanwhile, FA officials said the Super Falcons, Nigeria's senior female team would no longer feature in the All-Africa Games after the country's sports ministry said it lacks funds to sponsor an additional football team at the games.
The Nigerian FA had earlier agreed to replace Ghana, which had withdrawn from the female football event.

03 october 2003 18:18:00

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