The West Africans’ dream of winning their first invite came true after Randy Waldrum’s side crushed their continental rivals.
Nigeria became the first African team to win the Turkish Women’s Cup in their very first appearance after humiliating Equatorial Guinea 9-0 on Tuesday.
The nine-time winners of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations opened their outing with a bang, with a 1-0 victory over CSKA Moscow before edging Uzbekistan by the same score to move closer to the crown.
Randy Waldrum made three changes to his side, starting Charity Adule, Christy Ohiaeriaku and Uchenna Kanu ahead of Halimatu Ayinde, Tochukwu Oluehi and Francisca Ordega.
Needing just a draw to seal the title, the Super Falcons looked to end on a high note as Uchenna Kanu set up Glory Ogbonna to open the scoring, with a long-range effort after just nine. minutes.
Three minutes later, Toni Payne was shot in the area to offer Nigeria a penalty and Asisat Oshoala stepped up to convert before grabbing her brace with another penalty in the 13th minute.
Just 13 minutes later, Chidinma Okeke’s long pass from the right found Oshoala and the Barcelona forward passed the opposing defense to score his third and his side of the match.
Waldrum’s side maintained their ruthless form as Payne caught up with Kanu to score a fifth of the game in the 36th minute before Ogbonna’s cross was led by debutant Charity Adule two minutes later.
With three minutes to go, Payne scored her first goal in Nigeria’s green and white color when she sacked goalkeeper Emiliana Nchama Ndong for a seventh of the game.
Prior to the reboot, Waldrum made four changes, bringing in Mariam Ibrahim, Gift Monday, Ramat Abdulkareem and Esther Sunday to replace Ihezuo, Okeke, Payne, and Kanu.
Despite holding Jean-Paul Mpila’s side 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 to go full time, substitute Halimatu Ayinde helped Oshoala grab their fourth goal of the draw to end Nigeria’s rout.
Regardless of the outcome between CSKA Moscow and Uzbekistan, Nigeria are the 2021 Turkish Women’s Cup champions, with nine points from three matches in the 10-day competition.
The success of the four country invitational tournament was the first in Nigerian history in Europe and the first crown under Waldrum.