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Oparanozie on song as impressive Super Falcons overcome Ferns challenge, claim third straight win

Ebi leads from the back as Falcons pick up momentum

Nigeria’s Super Falcons continued with their impressive run of form as they claimed a second win in the space of a week to end their international engagements on a high. The African giants defeated FIFA World Cup co-hosts New Zealand 3-0 in Antalya to claim their third win on the bounce.

After a wretched run of form, the Super Falcons claimed wins over Costa Rica And Haiti in their last two internationals before squaring up against New Zealand’s Ferns. Their opponents are co-hosting the World Cup alongside Australia in 100 days’ time, and the match was going to be a good test for both teams.

New Zealand looked to lay down an early marker as they peppered the Falcons goal in the hope of finding an opening. Paris FC goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie was, however, in the mood to repel their attacks alongside other members of the rearguard.

After 33 minutes, the Super Falcons captain stepped up to score the opener for them. A corner from Toni Payne was met by the head of 40-year-old central defender Onome Ebi to give Nigeria the lead in the game.

New Zealand continued to push for an equaliser but were unable to breach the Nigerian backline until half-time.

Four minutes into the second half, the Super Falcons doubled their advantage with a goal made in the USA. Michelle Alozie found the run of Jennifer Echegini in the box, and the defender had the easy task of tapping the ball into the back of the net for her first international goal.

Former captain Desire Oparanozie was introduced in place of Esther Okoronkwo in the 50th minute for her second substitute appearance. The China-based striker duly rounded off the scoring in added time with a fine finish after holding off an opponent.

Nigeria’s Super Falcons have now ended this international window in Turkey with two wins from two, five goals scored and one conceded. The results will be a huge confidence booster going into the FIFA Women’s World Cup in June.

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