The Super Falcons of Nigeria have defeated Botswana in their second fixture of WAFCON 2022.
Coach Randy Waldrum made four changes to the side that started the loss against South Africa including the injured Asisat Oshoala.
Veteran, Francisca Ordega replaced injured Asisat Oshoala and slotted straight into the left wing, letting Onumonu play as the center forward.
First choice goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie who has been nominated for the CAF African Player of the Year reclaimed her position in-between the sticks from Oluehi after completing her one match ban incurred due to accumulation of yellow cards in the qualifiers.
Defender, Ashleigh Plumptre was also replaced by Okobi who flourished in the midfield as she swapped positions with T. Payne.
Onumonu 21′ Ucheibe 48′
Super Falcons started the game with the a lot of momentum, really going all out at the Botswana defence. It didn’t take long for the deadlock to be broken as Ifeoma Onomonu scored a beautiful one touch finish from a very tight one v one corner.
Payne assist for Onomonu brightened up the Super Falcons as they kept dominating the game and trying to find spaces in-between the Botswana defense with long balls and short passes.
Botswana first shot on target came in the 30th minute via a direct freekick from over 30yards out to test goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie. The French league best goalkeeper of the just concluded season was equal to the shot.
The first half ended 1-0 in favour of the Super Falcons who had 75% of the ball possession.
At halftime, Rita Chikwuelu was substituted for Christy Ucheibe
With just three minutes into the second half, Nigeria had back to back corner kicks and scored a wonderfully placed header by Christy Ucheibe from the second corner. It was the second assist for Payne in the game to make it 2-0 in favour of Nigeria.
Ucheibe nearly scored her second and Nigeria’s third goal of the match as she tried to score Drogba-esc goal when she chested, turned and shoot the ball but it just went slightly over the crossbar.
In the 63rd minutes, Randy Waldrum substituted Francisca Ordega for Gift Monday and Okobi for Ibiang-Otu.
Ifeoma Onumonu also came close to scoring the third goal for Nigeria in the 67th minute but saw her effort saved by the Botswana goalkeeper after receiving a fine pass from CAF Young Player of the Year nominee, Gift Monday.
By the 74th minute, fans were already jeering and cheering the Super Falcons very loudly making all sort of amazing comic sounds most notably ‘inside the net‘.
Rasheedat Ajibade was replaced by her fellow CAF Player of the Year nominee, Uchenna Kanu.
Ayinde’s shot from close range in the 79th minute, was punched by Rwanda’s goalkeeper Bosija who has had a busy night.
Nigeria’s final substitution came in the 83rd minute as striker and goal scorer Ifeoma Onomonu was replaced by Macleans Chinonyerem.
Super Falcons will face Burundi on July 10 with the aim of winning a consecutive game and automatically qualifying for the quarter finals.