WAFCONQ: Five takeaways from Super Falcons convincing 5-0 win against Cape VerdePublished: November 30, 2023
The Super Falcons took a significant step towards qualifying for the 2024 Women Africa Cup of Nations tournament on Thursday.
Nigeria secured a convincing 5-0 victory against Cape Verde, with Uchenna Kanu, Gift Monday, and Esther Okoronkwo scoring for the Falcons.
Allnigeriasoccer.com offers five key observations from Nigeria's triumph over Cape Verde.
1. Super Falcons Thriving Despite Waldrum's Absence
Despite the absence of their manager, Randy Waldrum, the Super Falcons have exhibited remarkable team spirit and impressive performance.
Waldrum, who guided Nigeria to the Women's World Cup, has been unavailable to the team since the tournament due to contract issues.
Nevertheless, the Super Falcons, under different leadership, have made significant strides in Olympic qualification and are on the verge of securing a spot in the 2024 Women Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
2. Uchenna Kanu Shines in the Absence of Asisat Oshoala
Hailing from Abia, Uchenna Kanu showcased her prowess in the absence of Asisat Oshoala, who withdrew from the clash.
Kanu demonstrated her skills by leading the Super Falcons with a brace against Cape Verde. The 26-year-old consistently posed a threat to the opposition.
3. Deborah Abiodun Excellent
Ahead of the match, Deborah Abiodun found herself in the running for the CAF Young Women Player of the Award, competing with players like Comort Yeboah, Nesryne El Chad and Thubelihle Shamase.
Deborah showcased her impressive skills in the midfield for Nigeria, exhibiting excellent control of possession and dictating the game's flow.
The 20-year-old demonstrated her class, making a compelling case for consistent inclusion in the Super Falcons squad.
4. Super Sub Esther Okoronkwo Vies for Starting Position in Falcons Squad
Taking over from Gift Monday, who netted the second goal in the 53rd minute, Esther Okoronkwo made a compelling case for a spot in the Super Falcons squad with her standout performance against Cape Verde.
The 26-year-old former Saint Etienne striker displayed excellent movement and connectivity with fellow forward players, consistently positioning herself well, ultimately securing a brace.
5. Chiamaka Okwuchukwu Marks First Appearance for Falcons
In Abuja on Thursday evening, 18-year-old Chiamaka Okwuchukwu made her inaugural appearance for Nigeria's senior women's team.
Chiamaka entered the field, substituting for Esther Ogbonna, with just nine minutes remaining in the game.
In the brief time on the field, the young player showcased her abilities, demonstrating her readiness to contribute to the national team whenever required.
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