Super Falcons of Nigeria survived an early raid on their defense to beat Mali’s women team 2-1 in the opening day of the Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s Tournament, in the commercial hub city of West Africa, Lagos with goals from Gift Monday.
The event’s opening game was led by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, top Lagos State Government members, FIFA President Gianni Infantino and CAF President Patrice Motsepe. Other top football administrator in the NFF and FIFA Council Member Amaju Melvin Pinnick was at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan.
Nigeria recorded a goal in the 83 minutes when FC Robo of Lagos striker, Monday nodded a captain Asisat Oshoala’s cross to score just six minutes after being brought into the match, coming in for Francis Odega.
Falcons had started the game with the Malians having an upper hand in their desire to score, especially at the early minutes of the game. But Nigeria did mount pressure in the second half. Uchenna Kanu almost scored in the 67th minute with a side netting, and captain Asisat Oshoala failed to get the ball into the net with a clear chance which she needed to beat the goalkeeper, but she failed to convert the opportunity.
After the twilight of the game at one minute added time Gift Monday was again available for FC Barcelona female striker, Asisat Oshoala’s assist as she looped the ball over on coming Malian goalkeeper, Karenta to the jubilation of the Nigerians fans.