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WAFCON 2022: Super Falcons gets first win over Botswana

Randy Waldrum's women started on the front foot as expected, dominating possession without giving The Zebras a sniff in attacking


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The Super Falcons of Nigeria have recorded their first win at the ongoing Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) 2022 by beating Botswana 2-0 in their second group match.

Nigeria had kicked off their campaign on a disappointing note following a 2-1 loss to South Africa on Monday.

However, despite missing their top striker Asisat Oshoala, the nine-time African champions bounced back in their second group game against Botswana.

Randy Waldrum’s women started on the front foot as expected, dominating possession without giving The Zebras a sniff in attacking.

Although Nigeria did not fail to create a clear chance in the early stages, their dominance eventually paid off in the 21st minute as Ifeoma Onumonu put them ahead.

The US-based striker got on the end of a beautiful pass from Halimatu Ayinde to slot past the Motswana goalkeeper.

Onunmonu’s strike turned out to be the only goal Super Falcons would score in the first half.

However, they did not have to wait for too long in the second as substitute Christy Ucheibe headed home a corner from Toni Payne three minutes after the restart.

Ucheibe had come on as a half-time substitute for Rita Chikwelu, and she made an immediate impact.

Nigeria continued to dominate proceedings after the second goal but could not find the third despite creating numerous chances.

Nonetheless, it did not matter as the nine-time African champions got their WAFCON 2022 campaign back on track.

Next up for the Super Falcons’ campaign is the final group stage game against Burundi on Monday.

This article was updated 1 year ago

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