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Westerners’ dream of winning their first invitation came true after Randy Waldrum’s team crushed their continental rivals.
Nigeria emerged as the first African team to claim the Turkish Women’s Cup in their first appearance after humiliating Equatorial Guinea 9-0 on Tuesday.
The nine-time African Cup of Nations winners opened their outing with a win, with a 1-0 victory over CSKA Moscow before beating Uzbekistan by the same score to move closer to the crown.
Randy Waldrum made three changes at his side, starting Charity Adule, Christy Ohiaeriaku and Uchenna Kanu ahead of Halimatu Ayinde, Tochukwu Oluehi and Francisca Ordega.
Needing only a draw to seal the title, the Super Falcons were looking to finish on top when Uchenna Kanu set Glory Ogbonna up to open the scoring, with a long-range effort after just nine minutes.
Three minutes later, Toni Payne was brought down in the area to give Nigeria a penalty and Asisat Oshoala went ahead to convert from the spot before grabbing his double with another penalty in the 13th minute.
About 13 minutes later, a long pass from Chidinma Okeke from the right found Oshoala and the Barcelona forward sped over the rival defense to score her third and fourth of her team’s game.
Waldrum’s team maintained their ruthless form as Payne put Kanu ahead to score a fifth of the game in the 36th minute before an Ogbonna cross was headed by rookie Charity Adule two minutes later.
Three minutes before half-time, Payne scored her first goal for Nigeria’s green and white when she beat goalkeeper Emiliana Nchama Ndong in the seventh of the match.
Before the reboot, Waldrum made four changes, bringing in Mariam Ibrahim, Gift Monday, Ramat Abdulkareem, and Esther Sunday as replacements for Ihezuo, Okeke, Payne, and Kanu.
Although Jean-Paul Mpila’s team held out for a while, the Super Falcons added an eighth of the day as Abdulkareem prepared on Monday to score his first goal for the team in the 69th minute.
With five minutes remaining, substitute Halimatu Ayinde helped Oshoala score her fourth goal of the tie to complete Nigeria’s win.
Regardless of the outcome between CSKA Moscow and Uzbekistan, Nigeria is the 2021 Turkish Women’s Cup champion, with nine points from three matches in the 10-day competition.
The success of the four-nation invitational tournament was the first in Nigerian history in Europe and the first crown with Waldrum.