African Games 2023: Defending champions Nigeria hammer Senegal to reach semis


In a display of sheer dominance, the Nigerian women’s football team delivered a resounding performance at the 13th African Games in Cape Coast on Monday, clinching a convincing 4-0 victory over Senegal.

Amid escalating anticipation at the Cape Coast Stadium, the clash between the reigning champions and Senegal in Group B promised an intense battle for a coveted spot in the semi-finals.

Nigeria, buoyed by their earlier triumph over Morocco, entered the match with unwavering momentum and determination to assert their supremacy. From the onset, they dictated the narrative of the game, showcasing impeccable attacking prowess.

The opener came courtesy of Loveth Njideka Edeh, setting the tone for Nigeria’s relentless onslaught. Motunrayo Ezekiel further bolstered their lead with a stunning volley, leaving Senegal reeling under pressure.

An unfortunate own goal by Senegal’s Aisha Kales only served to widen the chasm between the two teams, highlighting Nigeria’s utter dominance. Chioma Olise sealed the deal in the 82nd minute with a clinical finish, ensuring an emphatic victory for her side.

Coach Chris Danjuma lauded his team’s performance, stressing their relentless pursuit of excellence. “Our mentality was to improve on the Morocco game by three times,” Danjuma remarked, setting lofty ambitions for his squad.

Meanwhile, Senegal’s coach, Mbayang Thiam, acknowledged the challenges posed by Nigeria’s formidable display. Despite the setback, Thiam remained resolute in her determination to refine her team’s performance, emphasizing the need for defensive and offensive improvements.

As the African Games women’s football competition progresses, Nigeria’s commanding victory underscores their determination to defend their title, setting the stage for an electrifying journey towards glory.

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