Nkwocha grabbed the winner late on after having caused the penalty that helped Cameroon equal score 1-1 and Ikhana gave the player thumbs up for her role in the hard-earned victory.
“Perpetua played like Africa’s best player today (Monday). She really did a fantastic job and she was very impressive,” the 1980 Africa Nations Cup winner said.
Despite the waterlogged pitch hindering free-flow football, Ikhana was happy with the performance of his team, adding that they would aim for a win against Ethiopia on Thursday to book a place in the semi-finals of the competition.
Ikhana said, “It is a good start despite the fact that the pitch was very wet and we couldn’t play our normal game. Our opposition was also a very tough one but the girls were determined and played like they really wanted to win the game. I am very happy with the team’s performance and the result.
“We have now seen the competition and we know how tight it is. No games will be easy and we will approach the game against Ethiopia like we did with Cameroon. We must win that game to book our place in the semi-finals.”
Also Nkwocha said, “The pitch was waterlogged and it affected us a bit. Thankfully we had played under such conditions in the past and we were able to come out on top”, she said.