Five Takeaways from Super Falcons 5-0 win over Cape Verde

During the last International break, the Super Eagles defeated Ethiopia at the Abuja stadium in a bid to qualify for the Olympics. 

A second half brace from Okoronkwo Esther, a first half brace from Uchenna Kalu and a lone goal from Gift Monday helped the Super Falcons secure a 5-0 win over Cape Verde, reports.

Taking a deeper delve into the game, brings you five takeaways from the thrilling 5-0 win at the Abuja Stadium.

1. Uchenna Kanu plays better as a striker.

The Racing Louisville forward has been mostly deployed as a right winger for the Nigerian team, but this evening, in the absence of Asisat Oshoala, was placed in the number nine tole and repaid the coach’s faith in her by scoring a first half brace.

2. Abiodun Deborah is a gem. 

Eyebrows were raised when Coach Randy Waldrum included the 20-year-old Rivers Angel U.S.A based player in his squad, but she showed today that she deserved that spot.

She was full of energy and put pressure on the opposition defence.

3. Demehin, Nnadozie and Ohale solid again. 

Super Falcons goalkeeper, Chaiamaka Nnadozie organized her defense properly again today. Although the opponents rarely threatened, the communication and synergy amongst the defensive trio was evident.

4. Super Falcons are strong contenders for the 2024 AWCON tournament.

Following the team’s round of sixteen exit from the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, they’ve grown in leaps and bounds and today’s win sent a message out to the other teams who intend on participating in the tournament in 2024.

With strength in depth and dedication from all the players, the Super Falcons can do it again.

5. Toni Payne is a creative force. 

The midfielder led by example today again, bagging an assist. She took charge of the set pieces duties, recovered the most balls and kept the midfield ticking.