Super Falcons’ winger Francisca Ordega says the team’s victory over Botswana is the beginning of better things to come for Nigeria at the ongoing 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.
The result meant the Super Falcons earned their first three points of the tournament and leapt to the second spot on the Group C four-team table behind table-toppers South Africa.
Nigeria won the match in spite of the absence of their top player Asisat Oshola who suffered an injury during Monday’s match and was ruled out of the tournament.
The Barcelona star, who is a four-time African Footballer of the Year winner, suffered a knee setback that has ruled her out of the competition.
In the absence of the 27-year-old attacker, striker Ifeoma Onumonu took charge of the attacking duties and was not overawed by the event.
Onumonu put the Super Falcons in the lead in the 21st minute when she raced past her markers before putting the ball beyond the advancing goalkeeper Maitumelo Bosija.
Nigeria extended their lead just after the break when substitute Christy Ucheibe rose highest to powerfully head home with goalkeeper Bosija completely beaten.
Ordega who was adjudged the woman of the match, expressed delight at the outcome of the game, saying that the win was the beginning of better things to come for Nigeria.
“I am indeed very excited about our performance today, especially after coming from a defeat to South Africa in our first game.
“We executed our game plan and came out victorious and winning today has given us more morale.
“We are so happy and it is the beginning of good things to come,” she said.