Nigeria's national women's football team delivered a commanding performance as they were put through their paces in a friendly match.
The game, which took place in Gold Coast, served as a crucial warm-up for the Super Falcons ahead of their highly anticipated participation in the upcoming 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.
With their dominant display, the Super Falcons showcased their strength and rseadiness to take on the world's best teams.
Asisat Oshoala in Super Falcons victory
From the moment the whistle blew, the Super Falcons established their dominance on the pitch, leaving Lions FC struggling to keep up with their relentless attacking prowess.
The Nigerian team displayed exceptional skill and precision, pinning their opponents back throughout the match.
The Super Falcons' emphatic victory not only boosted their morale but also sent a strong message to their World Cup rivals.
Super Falcons forward Asisat Oshoala emerged as a standout performer, contributing two superb goals to her team's resounding victory.
Oshoala's clinical finishing and impressive display of skill showcased her immense talent and highlighted her importance to the Super Falcons' success.
With her contributions, Oshoala proved once again why she is regarded as one of Africa's top women's footballers.
Ifeoma Onumonu, Toni Payne, Rasheedat Ajibade, Halimatu Ayinde, Uchenna Kanu, and Gift Monday each added a goal to the tally, further solidifying the Super Falcons' commanding performance.
🥳We recorded a morale-boosting 8-1 victory over an Australian club, Lions FC in a friendly in Gold Coast 🇳🇿
— NGSuper_Falcons (@NGSuper_Falcons) July 15, 2023
Coach pleased with Super Falcons performance
Expressing his satisfaction with the team's performance, Super Falcons' coach Randy Waldrum commended his players' efforts on the field.
Waldrum acknowledged their cohesive play, emphasising the team's continuous improvement as they fine-tune their strategies and work on their system.
“We played well and scored some good goals,” Waldrum said. “We are still working on our system, but we are getting better every day.”
The coach's positive feedback reinforces the Super Falcons' determination to make a strong impact in the upcoming World Cup.
Following their victory over Lions FC, the Super Falcons will now focus their attention on their upcoming World Cup campaign.
Currently in Australia for a 15-day training camp, the team will soon move to their designated camp base at the Sofitel Hotel in Brisbane.
This period provides the Super Falcons with valuable preparation time and an opportunity to build team chemistry ahead of their challenging group-stage matches.
Despite being drawn into a challenging group, featuring Olympic champions Canada, co-hosts Australia, and the Republic of Ireland, the Nigerians remain confident in their ability to progress beyond the group stage.
Coach Waldrum's unwavering belief in his team's potential and the players' determination to succeed create a resilient atmosphere within the squad as they prepare to face formidable opponents in the World Cup.
🗣️Our head coach Randy Waldrum shares his optimism ahead of our Women's World Cup opener against Canada after few days of training in Gold Coast 🇳🇿 💪#SoarSuperFalcons #FIFAWWC #TeamNigeria pic.twitter.com/PLGtsHd37B
— NGSuper_Falcons (@NGSuper_Falcons) July 13, 2023
Super Falcons forward Toni Payne ready for battle
Super Falcons forward Toni Payne exuded confidence and determination as she declared the team's preparedness to fight for honours at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Payne emphasised the team's growth and improvement in their system, highlighting the progress they have made through every training session.
“We are on the same level as France and Australia, and we are very confident. With the players we have here, we are ready to fight,” Payne told NFF TV.
“We are growing and improving our system every day with every training. Step by step, we are getting ready for our first game against Canada.”
🗣️Our forward Toni Payne, who was among the scorers, reacts to our Saturday's comprehensive 8-1 friendly triumph over Australian side, Lions FC in Gold Coast 🇳🇿#SoarSuperFalcons #FIFAWWC #TeamNigeria pic.twitter.com/9mfaXhPnCs
— NGSuper_Falcons (@NGSuper_Falcons) July 15, 2023
With a strong roster of talented players, the Super Falcons are determined to make their mark and compete against the best teams in the world.
Super Falcons aim to make history
As the Super Falcons continue their preparations for the World Cup, they have one more friendly match scheduled before the tournament kicks off.
They are set to face New Zealand on July 17, providing another opportunity to fine-tune their strategies and further strengthen their cohesion as a team.
The match against New Zealand will serve as a vital stepping stone as the Super Falcons aim to hit their stride before the World Cup begins.
With an illustrious history and nine African championship titles to their name, Africa's most successful side is eager to make their mark at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup.
Despite never winning the tournament, their previous appearances showcase their potential to go far this year.
Backed by the unwavering support of their fans, the Super Falcons are poised to create history and etch their names in the annals of women's football.
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago