In a spectacular display of skill and determination, the Nigerian Super Falcons lived up to their promise, putting smiles on the faces of Nigerians by convincingly defeating Cape Verde 5-0 in the first leg of the second round of WAFCON qualification.
The Abuja National Stadium served as the stage for this thrilling encounter, where the absence of stars Asisat Oshoala and Jennifer Echegrini didn't hinder the Falcons' dominant performance.
Interim head coach Justin Madugu, setting high expectations for his team, declared earlier in the week, “The ultimate aim is to ensure that we put up the same type of performance that the girls had in the last one.”
The Super Falcons not only met but exceeded these expectations, showcasing a stellar performance from start to finish.
Super Falcons soar: A resounding 5-0 victory against Cape Verde in WAFCON Qualification
Entering the game without key players Oshoala and Echegrini, the Super Falcons demonstrated their depth and resilience.
Uchenna Kanu set the tone by opening the scoring with a skillful tap from the edge of the box just seven minutes into the match.
Gift Monday then doubled the lead, capitalizing on a goalmouth scramble to further solidify Nigeria's advantage.
Uchenna Kanu continued her impressive form, securing her second goal of the match with a clinical finish, courtesy of Toni Payne's brilliant pass.
Substitute Esther Okoronkwo added to the tally with a sublime finish off Esther Akudo Ogbonna's well-placed cross.
Okoronkwo wasn't done, grabbing her second of the match and the team's fifth goal, this time off Rofiat Imuran's precise delivery.
The Super Falcons' commanding 5-0 victory sets the stage for the second leg, scheduled to take place on December 5 at Estadio Nacional de Cabo Verde.
Despite the absence of key players, the team's outstanding performance not only secured a significant lead in the WAFCON qualification but also showcased the depth and talent within the squad.
As Nigeria looks forward to the return leg, fans are undoubtedly filled with anticipation, eager to witness if the Super Falcons can maintain their stellar form and secure a spot in the next of the WAFCON held in Morocco.
The resounding victory against Cape Verde serves as a testament to the team's resilience and determination to succeed, even in the absence of their star players.
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