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‘We have high expectations’ – Toni Payne envisions Turkish Women’s Cup glory with Nigeria

The forward is a newcomer to the squad, but she is determined to win a title in her first senior outing with the African side

Toni Payne is eyeing a Turkish Women’s Cup crown with Nigeria as they prepare to face Equatorial Guinea in their final group game on Tuesday morning.

Payne had made his first unofficial appearance for the West African nation in a 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow on February 18 since the United States changed national allegiance in 2019.

On Saturday, the 25-year-old made his official debut in a 1-0 victory over Uzbekistan at the Emir sports complex, with Halimatu Ayinde’s strike in the 49th minute sealing the Super Falcons triumph.

After her first official international debut against the Turanians, she is ready to help Randy Waldrum’s side succeed in Antalya.

“We want to win the match [against Equatorial Guinea]Said Payne Goal.

“We also wanted to improve as a team, game by game. I mean how we play and work together.

“So little time. At the start we don’t know much about each team before the tournament, but we just have to focus on how we want to play and translate those things into the game.”

“As a team we always have high expectations and also win our last game and potentially win the tournament. It will be a very good end for us.”

Nigeria lead the four-team competition, with six points from two matches, but must overpower two-time African champions Equatorial Guinea to make history as the first African winner.

Payne is also hoping to score his first goal for the Super Falcons in his third appearance for the country as Waldrum also contemplates his first title in charge of the national team.


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