Tremendous Falcons soar 2-0 over Botswana, rise to second spot in Group C

Cup holders Nigeria set their 12th Girls Africa Cup of Nations marketing campaign again on observe with a 2-0 win over Botswana in Rabat on Thursday, within the course of rising to second place in Group C behind soar-away leaders South Africa.

Botswana, 4-2 winners over Burundi on the opening day, have been caught in second place following the Tremendous Falcons’ 1-2 reverse in opposition to the Banyana Banyana. On Thursday, US –based mostly ahead Ifeaoma Onumonu, who scored two of the three objectives that downed Cote d’Ivoire’s Girl Elephants within the last qualifying fixture, put the Falcons on their means with a candy end within the 21st minute from an clever by way of move crafted by Halimat Ayinde.

Previous to that, the champions appeared brighter on the break than they did in opposition to South Africa, with Rasheedat Ajibade, Ifeaoma Onumonu and Francisca Ordega launching onslaughts that unsettled the Botswanans.

Within the 26th minute, Nigeria might have been two objectives up when Ordega discovered Toni Payne with a trendy move and the defender despatched the ball into the field, just for the southern Africans to clear their strains. Two minutes later, Onumonu failed to regulate in good time a superb move by Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene.

Botswana had their very own tune within the half, with Tholakele rattling goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie from a 22-yard free-kick within the 31st minute after which taking pictures straight on the Nigerian goal-tender six minutes later.

Substitute Christy Ucheibe, along with her first contact of the ball, scored Nigeria’s second objective within the 48th minute when she rose highest within the field to nod dwelling Toni Payne’s heaved effort from a nook kick.

5 minutes later, Ucheibe managed and lashed barely over the bar, and when Reward Monday and Regina Otu entered the fray instead of Ordega and Okobi-Okeoghene within the 63rd minute, Nigeria’s rejuvenation was unmistakable.

Onumonu had a pair extra probabilities; Ayinde’s angled shot from 25 yards was punched away and; Uchenna Kanu’s shot was blocked as Nigeria pulled no punches within the fore.

The Tremendous Falcons will on Sunday come up in opposition to their counterparts from Burundi, with a win sure to ensure a spot within the quarter-finals of the championship.



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