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AFCON 2024: SUPER FALCONS WALLOP CAPE VERDE 5-0 SET FOR SECOND LEG IN PRAA

The Super Falcons of Nigeria walloped Cape Verde 5-0 in the first leg of their 2024 Women Africa Cup of Nations final round qualifying fixture on Monday at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

The nine time African champions outplayed the Cape Verdean in the encounter which despite the good goalkeeping effort from Jacinta Rodrigues, Uchenna Kanu netted a first half brace.

Nigerian ladies early in the first half unleashed their intent looking cohesively coordinated winning a free kick in the 7th minute. In form Monday Gift was brilliant with the free kick which rocked the bar before Kanu scored a goalmouth scramble to put Nigeria ahead with the first goal.

Nigeria continued the early pressure to the opponent area as captain Rasheedat Ajibade almost doubled the lead for the Super Falcons with a left footed angled drive but goalkeeper Jacinta Rodrigues was well positioned as she palmed the ball from beating her.

Cape Verde creatively found a rhythm in midfield pushing for an equalizer, intensity charged better when Kleydiana Borges came close to scoring with a short but quick defender Oluwatosin Demelin was on hand to stop the move.

Realising the growing confidence on the Cape Verdean ladies in play, Falcons bounced back in midfield control with Uchenna Kanu taking off pressure from the midfield play going intelligently. Afterwards another opportunity came for the Super Falcons after a goalmouth melee as Gift Monday netted the second goal for Nigeria to the jubilation of the home fans.

With Nigeria in the lead less than half an hour they calmly controlled the better part of the first half with 20 year old U.S based Deborah Abiodun showing reasons she deserved the spot in the squad. He combined and had great passing of the ball with Toni Payne in midfield action.

Before the break Uchenna Kanu made it a brace for herself after a launched attack by Abiodun Ajibade which found Payne Toni who made a good pass to find the scorer. The first half ended with Nigeria not conceding a goal, thanks to Chiamaka Nnadozie who organised her defense properly directing good communication and synergy with Ohale, Olwuwatosin Demehin and Toni Payne in midfield.

On resumption of the second stanza the Super Falcons continued its domination in play with Okoronkwo Esther having a good presence in depth play coupled with her strength she kept a good pace upfront, Her effort paid – off  as she didn’t miss an opportunity lifting the ball pass Rodrigues in the 67th minute.

Okoronkwo added another goal with less than 13minute to the end of the match after receiving a cross by Rofiat Imuran for the Super Falcons to win 5-0 against Cape Verde.

Nigeria in a bid to qualify had also beaten Ethiopia at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

Meanwhile, both teams will clash when the Super Falcons play the Cape Verdean in the second leg match in Praa, Capital of Cape Verde on Tuesday, December 5 in the final round of the qualifying fixture.

 

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