Nigeria’s Super Falcons on Thursday defeated CSKA Moscow by a lone goal at their opening game at the on-going fifth Turkish Women’s tournament in Antalya, Turkey.
The 18th minute goal by Chiwendu Ihezuo was enough to see the nine-time African champions claim victory over their opponent at the Emir Sports Complex.
Super Falcons started early on an attacking note with Captain Asisat Oshoala missing a chance at goal as she was shoved away from the ball by CSKA’s Bratko Ekaterina in the 6th minute.
Six minutes later, a first corner kick for the Falcons was taken by Fransisca Ordega, but it was easily cleared away.
A good opportunity was seized at the 18th minute, however, as Ihezuo easily tapped in a low cross from Ordega from the right.
Another chance came for the Barcelona forward Oshoala in the 55th minute, but she lobbed the ball wide.
At the end, it was a first victory for Super Falcons new coach, Randy Waldrum.
It was also a brilliant outing for Spanish based Toni Payne and German-based Patricia George, both American-born as they debuted for Nigeria.
The Super Falcons will play against Uzbekistan in their next game on Saturday.