The Nigeria women national team, Super Falcons, on Friday registered their first win at the ongoing Cyprus Women’s Cup as they edged Slovakia 4-3 in their second game of the invitational tournament.
Despite surrendering their three-goal lead, the Super Falcons left it late to claim the nervy win over the Europeans on Friday
Rita Chikwelu scored twice for the Super Falcons in Friday’s seven-goal thriller at the Antonis Papadopoulos Stadium as the Nigeria women shook off the disappointment of their opening group defeat against Austria.
Aside from the two goals from Chikwelu, Osinachi Ohale and Anam Imo also found the back of the net to give Thomas Dennerby’s side their first win at the Cyprus Cup.
Having being battered 4-1 in their last game against Austria, the Super Falcons started brightly against Slovakia and they went in front after Chikwelu broke the deadlock just seven minutes into the game.
The lead for Nigeria was doubled by Ohale in the 28th minute before Francisca Ordega set up Chikwelu for her second and Nigeria’s third of the match seven minutes from half time.
Barely ten minutes into the second half, Nigeria were handed a penalty to increase their tally but Chikwelu fluffed the chance to complete a hat trick and score the fourth goal for her team.
The Super Falcons coach ringed some changes in his team and that proved costly as the Slovaks mounted a fightback and made it 3-3 in the 76th minute having been gifted two penalty kicks.
However, substitute Asisat Oshoala teed up substitute Anam Imo for the winner as Thomas Dennerby’s ladies condemned the unrelenting Slovaks to their second defeat of the tournament.
With the hard-earned win, the Nigeria Ladies now have three points from two games and will face leaders Belgium in their last Group C match at the GSZ Stadium, Larnaca on March 4.
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