Monday Gift’s brace help Super Falcons of Nigeria to a brilliant 2-0 win over the female Eagles of Mali at the opening game of the Aisha Buhari Invitational Tournament in the City of Lagos.
Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State led eminent political big-wigs, and FIFA President Gianni Infantino and CAF President Patrice Motsepe led football’s top echelon, including President of NFF and FIFA Council Member Amaju Melvin Pinnick, to the showpiece at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan.
Game get underway with both sides flexing their muscles as chances were created in the opening 30 minutes. Before the break, Falcons had the chance to put themselves in front but failed to connect every brilliant cross into the net as they wet the fan appetite for goals.
Second half into the game, the clearest of chances went begging as Asisat Oshoala failed to beat Goalkeeper Fatoumata Karenta on two different occasion.
The game came alive as the Lagos fans rose to the occasion with the introduction of Monday Gift. She didn’t disappoint with nearly 10 minutes of play as the Robo striker give Falcons the lead from a powerful header off Asisat Oshoala’s cross in the 83rd minutes.
She wasted no time to double Falcons lead off a through from the Barcelona’s star player Asisat Oshoala in extra time.
Nigeria will play their second game against South Africa on Monday.