By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Super Falcons of Nigeria on Thursday kicked off their campaign at the 2021 Turkish Women’s Cup
with a slim 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow women’s football club in coach Randy Waldrum’s first game.
Randy Waldrum handed Sevilla’s Toni Payne with her debut.
Nigeria’s captain, Asisat Oshoala missed a chance in the ninth minute as she was muscled away from the ball by Bratko Ekaterina.
Six minutes later, Super Falcons got their first corner kick which was taken by Francesca Ordegah but easily cleared away.
Chinwendu Ihezuo fired home for Nigeria in the 18th minute when she tapped in a cross by Ordegah from the right.
Oshoala was booked in the 15th minute as the resultant free-kick almost resulted in a goal but was cleared away by the goalkeeper, Tochukwu Oluehi.
Madrid CFF’s Chidinma Okeke shielded two CSKA Moscow defenders before clearing the ball from Nigeria’s area in the 30th minute.
In the 36th minute, Ogbonna Glory surges from the left flank floated the ball to the goal area without connecting to any falcon player.
An infringement on Rita Chikwelu a minute to half time saw a quick free-kick by Nigeria but Toni Payne’s shot at goal went wide.
A chance for Asisat in the 55th minute saw her lobbed the ball wide, a better option to lay the ball for Payne was not utilised.
Patricia George also made her debut for Nigeria replacing Eskilstuna United’s Halima Ayinde.
CSKA Moscow tried to equalise but the Falcons held on for their first win under Randy Waldrum era.
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