Completesportsnigeria.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU lists five key takeaways from Super Falcons of Nigeria 4-0 win against the Shepolopolo of Zambia in their 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations Group B encounter on Wednesday November 21.
1. Ordega, Okobi, Showed Their Class
Woman-of-the match, Francisca Ordega was at her majestic best in the game. The forward teed up Desire Oparanozie for Super Falcons opening goal of the game and scored the second herself.
The former Rivers Angels star who gave her best performance in a Super Falcons shirt was a delight to watch throughout the game.
Ngozi Okobi was also influential as she orchestrated most of the team’s attacking plays from the midfield.
2. Rita Chikwelu Struggled Again
The midfielder was a shadow of herself in the game. It is difficult to remember the last time Chikwelu impressed in a Super Falcons shirt.
She looked heavy and out of sorts. It will be interesting to see how long head coach of the side, Thomas Dennerby perseveres with the former captain of the team.
3. Wasteful Oshoala
The reigning African Women’s Footballer of the Year had a poor game by her standard. She wasted a number of good goal scoring chances in the game, but her blushes was saved by her teammates who made sure the team didn’t rue those missed glit edged chances in the end.
All eyes will be on Oshoala to see if she will make amends in the team’s next game against Equatorial Guinea on Saturday.
4. Super Subs Ajibade, Okoronkwo showed Squad’s Fine Depth
Rasheedat Ajibade and Amarachi Okoronkwo made big difference after coming in as second half substitutes for the duo of Desire Oparanozie and Halimatu Ayinde respectively.
Ajibade who was dropped to the bench after starting the first game against South Africa scored a sublime goal, the peak of all the four goals, while Okoronkwo fired home the fourth.
Their contributions also showed the depth of the team as they saved blushes of the wasteful Oshoala who wasted some goal-scoring opportunities in the game.
5. Super Falcon Finally Showed Champions Character
After a tepid display in their first Group B game against Banyans Banyans of South Africa, the Super Falcons really came alive especially in the second half against the Shepolopolo of Zambia.
Thomas Dennerby’s charges were a delight to watch as they moved the ball around with guile and confidence.
The result, a comprehensive victory which could have been more but for some missed chances.