By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Super Falcons of Nigeria on Tuesday thrashed former African Champions, Nzalang National of Equatorial Guinea 9-0 in their final game at the ongoing Turkish Women’s Cup to emerge as the first African Champions of the tournament.
Falcons coach, Randy Waldrum made three changes to his starting lineup for the game with Equatorial Guinea.
Charity Adule, Christy Ohiaeriaku, and Uchenna Kanu took the places of Halimatu Ayinde, Tochukwu Oluehi, and Francisca Ordega respectively in the Super Falcons’ side.
Ogbonna Kanu gave the Super Falcons an eighth-minute lead from a surge.
FC Barcelona’s Asisat Oshoala doubled their lead in the 11th minute after Sevilla’s Toni Payne was fouled in the box.
Oshoala got her brace with Falcons third goal of the game two minutes later from the penalty spot.
The former FC Robo Queens forward, Asisat scored her third goal of the game in the 26th minute. She beat the offside trap, ran with the ball, and easily slotted it into an empty net after beating the opponent goalkeeper.
Linkopings FC’s Uchenna Kanu was at the end of a beautiful pass by Payne as she slotted the ball into the net for Nigeria’s fifth goal.
Eibar’s Charity Adule made it six for Nigeria in the 38th minute with a header.
Toni Payne scored her first goal for the Super Falcons in the 43rd minute. She expertly shielded the ball, beats two players before firing a thunderous shot that finds the back of the net.
Joint leading goal scorer in the 2021 Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Premiership, FC Robo Queens’ Monday Gift scored Nigeria’s eighth goal of the game in the 69th minute.
Five minutes from full time, Oshoala scored her fourth goal and Nigeria’s ninth goal of the game.
Two minutes later, Equatorial Guinea were reduced to ten-players with a red card. Gina tackled Falcons Ramat Abdulkareem harshly and was sent off.
Waldrum allowed more players to showcase their talents in the course of the final group game.
Kehinde Akinwande (FC Robo Queens), Monday Gift (FC Robo Queens), Ramat Adulkareem, Esther Sunday, and Maryam Ibrahim (Nasarawa Amazons) were introduced.
Nigeria emerged as winners of the Turkish Women’s Cup (with three victories from their three games) without conceding a goal at the tournament under Coach Randy Waldrum.
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