Cyprus Women’s Cup: Super Falcons beat Slovakia 4-3

Author: Beatrice Laryea
The Super Falcons

Nigeria's Super Falcons bounced back to beat Slovakia 4-3 in their second Group C game of the ongoing Cyprus Women's Cup at the Antonis P Stadium, Larnaca, on Friday.

The West Africans started the competition on a bad note after losing their opening match 1-4 to their Austrian counterparts on Wednesday in a game which saw their goalkeeper, Tochukwu Oluehi, taking an early shower after she was showed red card.

However, Coach Thomas Dennerby, and his charges bounced back strongly against Slovakia and took the lead in the eighth minute when Captain Rita Chikwelu meandered his way through their opponents’ defense before slotting home the ball.

Oshinachi Ohale doubled the Super Falcons lead in the 28th minute before Chikwelu scored the third to cushion the Super Falcons 10 minutes later to give them a 3-0 lead at the end of the first half.

After recess, the Super Falcons missed an opportunity to further consolidate their lead by missing a penalty.

But they were punished for their sloppiness in the 67th minute when Jana Vojteková reduced the deficit with a brilliant goal.

Soon the Nigerians were caught off guard as Slovakia’s Lucia Haršanyová converted two quick goals in the 72nd and 76th minute to tie the game on 3-3.

The Super Falcons, however, surged ahead when Anam Imo converted the ball for the fourth goal after she was beautifully set up by substitute Oshoala in the 82nd minute.

They will face Belgium in their final group game scheduled for Monday, March 4 at the GSZ Stadium, Larnaca.

The 2019 Cyprus Women’s Cup will be the 12thedition of the tournament, an invitational 12-nation women’s football tournament held annually in Cyprus.

Their participation in the tournament forms part of preparations for the FIFA Women’s World Cup to be staged in France from June 7 to July 7.