Barcelona Femeni of Spain attacker, Asisat Oshoala struck four times to help Nigeria’s female national team, Super Falcons beat Equatorial Guinea 9-0 and made history as the first African winners of the annual invitational Turkish Women’s Cup in Antalya, Turkey.
Megasportsarena.com gatheerd that Gloria Ogbonna opened the floodgates as early as the 8th minute, before Oshoala, four-time African Woman Player of the Year, netted twice from six yards as the fellow-Africans conceded penalties within two minutes.
Oshoala, who was most valuable player and top scorer at the 2014 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Canada, made it four in the 26th minute, before former junior international, Uchenna Kanu, Charity Adule and Oyedupe Payne ensured a 7-0 half-time lead.
More was to come in the second half, with Gift Monday on song in the 69th and Oshoala with another goal five minutes to the end, as the Barca ladies’ star and her colleagues ensured that Nzalang National scored no goal, lost all three matches and conceded a total of 16 goals.
On the other hand, the current and nine-time African champions won all three games in Turkey, where they started with 1-0 versus CSKA Moscow of Russia last Thursday and repeated same scoreline against Uzbekistan on Saturday.
The Falcons’ new American coach, Randy Waldrum made three changes to his side, starting Charity Adule, Christy Ohiaeriaku and Uchenna Kanu ahead of Halimatu Ayinde, Tochukwu Oluehi and Francisca Ordega.
The Falcons were seeking to end on a high as Uchenna Kanu set up Glory Ogbonna to open the scoring, with a long-range effort after just nine minutes and, before the restart, Waldrum made four changes, sending on Mariam Ibrahim, Gift Monday, Ramat Abdulkareem and Esther Sunday as replacements for Ihezuo, Okeke, Payne and Kanu.
Despite Jean-Paul Mpila’s team holding on for a while, the Super Falcons added an eighth of the day when Abdulkareem set up Monday to score her first goal for the team in the 69th minute, and Waldrum now has much to brag about, having ensured that his side won all three matches, scoring 11 goals and did not allow any goal into their net, despite alternating the goalkeepers.
Tochukwu Oluehi featured against CSKA Moscow and Uzbekistan, while Christy Ohiaeriaku was on duty versus Equatorial Guinea, whose misery was completed when they had a player sent off for dangerous play on debuting Ramat Abdulkareem.