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2014 AWC: Nigeria seeks semi-final slot, faces bottom-of-the-table Zambia Tuesday (Preview by Vincent Obi, PANA Editor)

Windhoek, Namibia (PANA) - Group A leaders and championship favourites Nigeria are seeking a semi-final slot at the continuing ninth African Women's Football Championship in Namibia when they take on bottom-of-the-table Zambia here Tuesday.

Nigeria, at three points, lead the group after battering Cote d'Ivoire 4-2 in the group's opening match on Saturday. Hosts Namibia, 2-0 winners over Zambia in another opening match, also has three points, but Nigeria is in top because of superior goals advantage.

The hosts take on Cote d'Ivoire in the other Group A Day 2 match.

Woman of the match against Cote d'Ivoire, Ngozi Okobi, echoed Okon's optimism, saying “our best is yet to come”.

Okobi played an influential role in the victory against the Ivorians.

“This is not the best of Nigeria (refering to Saturday's match against Cote d'Ivoire). I believe by the next game we will be near our best. We will go back and improve on other parts of the team ahead of our next match,” the Delta Queens FC player said at the post-match press conference flanked by coach Okon.

The 19-year-old added that the opening win puts them on course as far as their title aspirations are concerned.

“Winning the title is our main aim and that is the purpose we are here. We are very ready to win the trophy,” said Okobi, who is making her third successive appearance at the continental women’s football showpiece.
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